A beautiful and mesmerising account of nautical voyages, rugged Scottish coastlines, and the power of storytelling
Ian Stephen is a Scottish writer, artist and storyteller. A coastguard for 15 years, in 1995 he won the inaugural Robert Louise Stevenson Award and since then has worked full-time in the arts. Since the late 70s his poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous UK journals, and in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the USA. Ian's first novel A Book of Death and Fish was published in October 2014 by Saraband. It was launched at Faclan, Hebridean Book Festival, with an interview with Robert Macfarlane. The book was positively reviewed in the Guardian by Kirsty Gunn and Robert Macfarlane listed it first in his 2014 Books of the Year choice for the Guardian. It received many other positive reviews elsewhere, especially in the Scottish press.
A really beautiful book ... movingly and saltily real * Adam
Charming and engaging. Beautifully written, this is a book you'll find it hard to put down. * Lifeboat magazine (RNLI) *