The Winter Isles

Antonia Senior

RRP: £7.99

7 April 2016

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396604

RRP: £4.99

5 November 2015

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781782396598

‘One of the must-reads of the year.’ Manda Scott

I am Somerled. The summer warrior. What am I, if not a warrior?

In twelfth-century Scotland, far removed from the courtly manners of the Lowland, the Winter Isles are riven by vicious warfare, plots and battles.

Into this hard, seafaring life is born a boy called Somerled. The son of an ageing chieftain, Somerled must prove his own worth as a warrior. He will rise to lead his men into battle and claim the title of Lord of the Isles – but what must he sacrifice to secure the glory of his name?

The Winter Isles is an astonishingly vivid recreation of the savage dynastic battles of medieval Scotland: an authentic, emotional, powerful read.


In Somerled... Antonia Senior has created a perfect hero for our times... This is passionate, wonderful, windswept writing, full of the wonder of hill and heath and sea... One of the must-reads of the year.Manda Scott

Senior's prose is beautiful and powerful, poetic and yet immediate... She has taken a Norse-Gaelic legend and made it ring true, which is no small feat... Fearlessly and deftly done. I loved this book deeply.Giles Kristian

Antonia writes so beautifully, so convincingly... Her prose is exquisite - lyrical, sensitive, constantly and delightfully surprising. Her characters are utterly believable, rounded, engaging and absolutely of their time... Antonia has proved herself once again to be in the very first rank of British historical novelists.Angus Donald

This book by @Tonisenior is magnificent! One of the best books I've read in the last five years. Magical.Ben Kane