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The Visitors by Simon Sylvester (MA 2004)

3 December 2014

Simon Sylvester (MA 2004) is the winner of The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ with his fabulous new book, The Visitors.

Nobody moves to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and few leave – but leaving is exactly what seventeen-year-old Flora intends to do. So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Cottage, Flo is curious. What could have brought these strangers to the island? The man is seductive but radiates menace, while Flora finds a kindred spirit in his daughter Ailsa.

Life on Bancree becomes desperate as people begin to disappear. Reports of missing islanders fill the press and unnerve the community. When a body washes ashore, suspicion turns to the newcomers on Dog Rock.

Convinced of their innocence, Flo is fiercely determined to protect her friend Ailsa. Could the answer to the disappearances, and to the pull of her own heart, lie out there, beyond the waves?

'Dreamlike, delicate and compelling' The Big Issue

'Intoxicating and enchanting' The List

The Visitors won The Guardian's 'Not the Booker Prize' in 2014, and is available to buy online in hardback, paperback or for your e-reader.