The Oystercatcher Girl

The Oystercatcher Girl

The longer I live in Orkney the more I have come to love the wild landscape and the lilting dialect, which stings the ear like the wind. This book was written over the last three years, it is set in Orkney, but I wanted to write about relationships in a way that spoke to everyone no matter where they live.

Christina’s story is about life and death, and the messy complications that increase rather than diminish as time goes by. The desire for perfection in herself and other people is in danger of leaving Christine isolated from everyone she loves. Ultimately, her journey to self-knowledge will be irrevocably linked with loss.

The Oystercatcher Girl will be released by ThunderPoint on April 12th.

‘… a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.’

The Oystercatcher Girl, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, love, forgiveness, redemption, Thunderpoint, fiction, debut novel.

Radio Orkney, Gabrielle Barnby, The The Oystercatcher Girl, Novel, ThunderPoint

Q & A about the new book with Dave Gray on Around Orkney, 20th April.

Scottish poet Yvonne Gray hosted the book launch on April 20th, Kirkwall Library. 

The Oystercatcher Girl

In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie: Robbie’s widow, Tessa; Tessa’s old childhood friend, Christine, and Christine’s unstable and unreliable sister, Lindsay. But all is not as it seems: what is the relationship between the three women, and Robbie? What secrets do they hide? And who has really betrayed who?

Set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Orkney Islands, Gabrielle Barnby’s skilfully plotted first novel is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.

‘The Oystercatcher Girl is a wonderfully evocative and deftly woven Orcadian story.’ (Sara Bailey)

Book Club questions, Gabrielle Barnby, Oystercatcher Girl, Orkney, debut novel, writing, Thunderpoint