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The Lost Lights of St Kilda

(2020)
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'Desperately romantic, lyrically written and with a fascinating plot' Katie Fforde

1927: When Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near dead from starvation. But for Fred, memories of that summer - and the island woman, Chrissie, with whom he falls in love - will never leave him.

1940: Fred has been captured behind enemy lines in France and finds himself in a prisoner-of-war camp. Beaten and exhausted, his thoughts return to the island of his youth and the woman he loved and lost. When Fred makes his daring escape, prompting a desperate journey across occupied territory, he is sustained by one thought only: finding his way back to Chrissie.

The Lost Lights of St Kilda is a sweeping love story that crosses oceans and decades. It is a moving and deeply vivid portrait of two lovers, a desolate island and the extraordinary power of hope in the face of darkness.

'A gorgeous, melancholy love story.' The Times

'An undeniably haunting love story.' Sunday Times

Genre: Historical Romance

Praise for this book

"Such an atmospheric read and very moving. Two pieces of forgotten history woven immaculately." - Lorna Cook

"A glorious novel. You won't be able to put it down for a minute." - Suellen Dainty

"Desperately romantic, lyrically written and with a fascinating plot." - Katie Fforde

"This is not only a love story between two people, but also between an island and its inhabitants. Richly detailed and evocative, the novel shines a light on the fascinating history of St Kilda, and the last community to call it home." - Kat Gordon

"I loved this book. Beautifully written and descriptive... The twisted threads weave an engaging plot which takes us on a trail of human courage and measures the cost of betrayal. Set in the last poignant years of life on remote St Kilda and in war-torn Europe, it paints both worlds with a vividness that is wholly convincing." - Sarah Maine

"The characters are exquisitely drawn, and the slowly emerging love story rings entirely true. This is one of the best novels I've read in a long while, a real jewel." - Gill Paul

"A moving story simply and beautifully told." - Tim Pears

"The wild beauty and intense isolation of the Scottish island of St Kilda is vividly realised... As gorgeously written as it's quietly devastating." - Kate Riordan

"A compelling love story set against the dramatic backdrops of a remote Scottish island and war-torn France. As beautiful and haunting as St Kilda itself, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time." - Gill Thompson

"A beautifully written and heart-rending story of love, loss and redemption." - Sophia Tobin


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Hardback Editions

March 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
ISBN: 1-78649-971-1 / 978-1-78649-971-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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Paperback Editions

October 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
ISBN: 1-78649-905-3 / 978-1-78649-905-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
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March 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
ISBN: 1-78649-907-X / 978-1-78649-907-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corvus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


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April 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
Publisher: Lamplight Audiobooks
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April 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
Publisher: Lamplight Audiobooks
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April 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
Publisher: Lamplight Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lost Lights of St Kilda: a 'lyrical', 'desperately romantic' (Katie Fforde) novel from the bestselling author of Secrets of the Sea House
Author(s): Elisabeth Gifford
Publisher: Corvus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU