What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous ...and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives - not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence?
Based on the legend of the selkies - seals who can transform into people - Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance.
Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable.
UK & Commonwealth: Orenda Books
Winner of the Exeter Novel Prize 2016
"The love of Donald for mysterious Mairhi is beautifully done." The Guardian - full review here
"Bristow's debut is a haunting tale of family and consequences... The writing is sorrowful and lovely, with a well-earned, satisfying conclusion." Publishers Weekly
"Told with skill and beauty... held me spellbound to the very last page." Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake
"Accomplished and intelligent... a fine piece of craftsmanship and a pleasure to read." Allan Massie, author of Death In Bordeaux