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ISLAND SONG: a reading with author Madeleine Bunting

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 7.00pm

We're excited to announce that writer and journalist Madeleine Bunting will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 1 May 2019 to read from and talk about her new novel, ISLAND SONG (published by Granta).

Tickets are £5 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please email: or call:
020 7241 1626

Signed copies of Island Song will be available to buy at the event.

About the book:

A spellbinding story of forbidden love and family secrets on German-occupied Guernsey.

In 1940, Helene, young, naive and recently married, waves goodbye to her husband, who has enlisted in the British army. Her home, Guernsey, is soon invaded by the Germans, leaving her exposed to the hardships of occupation. Forty years later, her daughter Roz begins a search for the truth about her father, and stumbles into the secret history of her mother's life.

Written with emotional acuity and passionate intensity, Island Song speaks of the moral complexities of wartime allegiances, the psychological toll of living with the enemy and the messy reality of human relationships in a tightly knit community. As Roz discovers, truth is hard to pin down, and so are the rights and wrongs of those struggling to survive in the most difficult of circumstances.

This is Madeleine Bunting's first novel and draws extensively from her groundbreaking non-fiction title, The Model Occupation, which was published in 1995.


Praise for Madeleine Bunting:

'I devoured Love of Country in a couple of sittings. It's a magnificent book, a heroic journey that takes us as far into the regions of the heart as into the islands of the north west.' - Richard Holloway

'Madeleine Bunting's thoughtful question-asking journey through the Hebrides makes Love of Country an indispensable guide to the past and present of one of the most inspiring landscape of Europe.' Ian Jack

‘Madeleine Bunting's multidimensional chronicle is among the very best pieces of non-fiction to have been published in a long while about what it is like to be English.' - Simon Schama, writing about The Plot in Financial Times

About the author:

Madeleine Bunting is the author of four works of non-fiction: Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey (Granta, 2016), shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and Saltire Prize; The Plot (Granta, 2009); Willing Slaves (HarperCollins, 2004); and The Model Occupation (Random House, 1995). She is currently working on Labours of Love (forthcoming from Granta in 2020), a work exploring the cultural crisis around the most essential of human activities: care. Island Song is her first novel.

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