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  • Location: A Scottish Island



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2000s: Not all that is hidden is lost.

  • ISBN: B09571BGV5
  • Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy/Sci Fi, Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

For twelve years Aina and Whitney have been in exile on an island for a crime they committed together, tethered to a croft by pills they must take for survival every eight hours. They’ve kept busy – Aina with her garden, her jigsaw, her music; Whitney with his sculptures and maps – but something is not right.

Shipwrecks have begun washing up, and their supply drops have stopped. And on the day they’re meant to be collected for parole, the Warden does not come. Instead there’s a sheep. But sheep can’t swim…

As days pass, Aina begins to suspect that their prison is part of a peninsula, and that Whitney has been keeping secrets. And if he’s been keeping secrets, maybe she should too. Convinced they’ve been abandoned, she starts investigating ways she might escape. As she comes to grips with the decisions that haunt her past, she realises her biggest choice is yet to come.



Travel Guide

Discover the fictional Scottish Island of Long Island Croft

The island setting here is called Long Island Croft and is fictional. The remoteness of the island is well evoked and it reminded me of St Helena only due to its remote and relatively small size and the fact that this too is an island where someone has been banished to.

In this case, not Napoleon but a couple who have gone against the rules of society and committed a crime. This is a very strong and strange form of prison. They must do things to time, take pills, act in ways that are allowed as they wait out their 12 year sentence here.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Metronome

Destination/Location: Scotland, ‘Long Island Croft’   Author: Tom Watson  Departure: 2000s

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