On the larger of two islands in the southern Atlantic seas, a baby
girl is born one dark winter's day, while the spin-drift wind sings
strange songs around the gullies and cliffs. But Gulai's mother
dies soon after giving birth and her father, Dr Orion Prosper, the
only medical doctor on the island, blames himself. For days
afterwards he stays locked in his room, refusing to talk to anyone.
But Gulai never stops crying and her aunt is forced to seek advice
from Sophia, the island's other healer, in secret. Thus begins
Gulai's life on Ergo Island - betraying her father a mere ten days
after her birth and becoming inextricably linked to the traditions
he is working to eradicate.Left to make her own sense of the world
around her, Gulai is curious to learn more about the 'witch' the
islanders publicly revile but privately visit, the 'madness' which
drove a young woman to her death and the secrets which lie at the
heart of all their lives; secrets which will change everything once
revealed. This is a beautifully written novel which evokes a strong
sense of foreboding yet still catches the reader by surprise when
hidden truths come to light.
Myrmidon Books Ltd
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||222 x 146 x 27mm (L x W x T)
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