Once, Two Islands

Once, Two IslandsDawn Garisch

On the larger of two islands in the southern Atlantic seas, a baby girl is born one dark winter’s day, while the spin-drift wind sings strange songs around the gullies and cliffs. But Gulai’s mother dies soon after giving birth and her father, Dr Orion Prosper, the only medical doctor on the island, blames himself.

For days afterwards he stays locked in his room, refusing to talk to anyone. But Gulai never stops crying and her aunt is forced to seek advice from Sophia, the island’s other healer, in secret. Thus begins Gulia’s life on Ergo Island – betraying her father a mere ten days after her birth and becoming inextricably linked to the traditions he is working to eradicate.

Left to make her own sense of the world around her, Gulai is curious to learn more about the ‘witch’ the islanders publicly revile but privately visit, the ‘madness’ which drove a young woman to her death and the secrets which lie at the heart of all their lives. Secrets which will change everything once revealed…

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‘Enchanting blend of ancient folklore and modern dilemmas… Garisch is good, very good… I eagerly await her next endeavour.’ The Weekender

‘…a rollicking good read, full of excitement, drama and imagination… but it is also filled with beautiful imagery, fine musical language… There is much here in this novel to enjoy and to admire.’ Mmegi/The Reporter, Botswana


Hardback 288 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-17-3
Price £14.99
Paperback 288 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-905801-31-9
Release Date 6th November 2009
Trade Paperback 288 pages
ISBN 978-1-905802-16-6
Price £10.99