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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.


Startling in their simple perfection

Sunday Tribune

Provokingly singular and rare, an island of richness


A lifetime's achievement in more than one sense

Sunday Times

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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
Pride And Prejudice
Brave New World
No Middle Name
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Great Gatsby
Paris For One And Other Stories
Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
For Whom The Bell Tolls
A Gentleman in Moscow
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Animal Farm