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Strangers at the Port

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399608183

Price: £9.99

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A TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023

‘Enchanting and haunting’
RACHEL RODDY

‘A fable for our times’
SPECTATOR

‘This novel amazed me. It is the work of a true original’
LUCIE ELVEN

‘A seaside Gothic tale teeming with superstition and mistrust’
READINGS MONTHLY

Giulia is ten. She lives on the greenest island in a volcanic archipelago. She has never left. Her best friend, apart from her older sister Giovanna, is a donkey. Giulia and Giovanna’s days on the island are shaped by ritual, community, superstition and isolation.

Until the men arrive. And a foreign yacht anchors at the port. And the vines begin to fail. And everything changes.

From the author of Dolores, Strangers at the Port is an exquisite, enchanted novel about myth and memory, suspicion and dislocation, emigrants and explorers.

Reviews

A mesmeric and lyrical novel about a fictive island and its inhabitants, which eschews narrative convention in favour of something more elusive, fractured, and choral . . . truly original
Ralf Webb, GRANTA, Books of the Year
Stubbornly enigmatic
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Books of the Year
Curtis - who was included on Granta's recent Best of Young British Novelists list - writes dazzlingly confident prose, too rich to be called spare yet without any superfluous weight. She writes the island as if she were Celine Sciamma shooting Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Francesca Peacock, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
An incredible novel about how the quiet, ritualistic lives of a pair sisters are shaken by the arrival of strangers on their island
Anna Bonet, THE I PAPER
Magnificent
Cal Revely-Calder, TELEGRAPH REVIEW, Books of the Year
Lushly poetic
Lucy Thynne, LITERARY REVIEW
Strangers at the Port is both a fascinating delve into the small, personal stories sacrificed to the grander sweep of history and a provocative creation of a fable for our times
Emily Rhodes, THE SPECTATOR
Curtis's writing is beautiful
GOOD READING
Reading this wonderfully oblique historical tale is a little like looking at the way light refracts through a prism: its meanings and impressions disperse along its journey to reveal what the author herself has termed 'the slippery overlap between history, fiction and memory' . . . Fascinating
Catherine Jarvie, MARIE CLAIRE, Best Books of 2023