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The collected stories by one of the greatest short-story writers in the world.

These slow, beautiful stories - resolute and resonant -are small masterpieces: apparently simple but actually crafted with enormous skill and precision. Set against the unforgiving landscape of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, they are all concerned with the complexities and mysteries of the human heart, the unbreakable bonds and unbridgeable chasms between man and woman, parent and child.
Steeped in memory and myth and washed in the brine and blood of the long battle with the land and the sea, these stories celebrate a passionate engagement with the natural world and a continuity of the generations in the face of transition, in the face of love and loss. As John McGahern says in his eloquent foreword: 'the work has a largeness, of feeling, of intellect, of vision, a great openness and generosity, even an old-fashioned courtliness. The stories stand securely outside of fashion while reflecting deep change'.
Bringing together all Alistair MacLeod's short fiction, and including two previously uncollected stories, Island represents the great achievement of one of the world's finest storytellers.


A lifetime's achievement in more than one sense

Sunday Times

Startling in their simple perfection

Sunday Tribune

Provokingly singular and rare, an island of richness


Beautifully crafted stories: elegiac, honest, proud, and both eloquent and taciturn, like their subjects...a wonderfully talented writer

Margaret Atwood

Rarely does a great writer offer himself to us with an oeuvre so complete

New York Times Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 1, 2002


    448 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    July 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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Also by Alistair MacLeod

No Great Mischief


To Kill A Mockingbird
The Handmaid's Tale
Great Expectations
Uncommon Type
Brave New World
Crime And Punishment
No Middle Name
Anna Karenina
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Great Gatsby
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A Farewell To Arms
Paris For One And Other Stories
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
Men Without Women
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
A Gentleman in Moscow