– Illustration by Poppy Booth –
Set in the ocean somewhere off the Isle of Lewis, the northern end of the Outer Hebrides, Fin, aged only eighteen, finds himself a castaway. Brought up on a croft, he is practical and capable, but as a character is deeply thoughtful. The story is about how he confronts hardships and loneliness alongside the confusion, hallucinations and self-questioning that comes from spending a long period of time alone. The two questions are; can Fin find a way to stay alive, and can he hold onto his sanity.
The story is only partly fictional and occurs in a real place where many of the strange events described actually took place. The adventure that unfolds is notional but plausible and describes a path of survival that many have not come through. It is, in a way, a tribute to their stories, untold, as well as to those who did manage to hold on and pull through.
This is a tale for children and adults alike, although some passages may seem a little abstract for those under ten.
Leo Zinovieff 2010