Songwoman: a stunning historical novel from the acclaimed author of 'Skin'
By Ilka Tampke
A thrilling historical novel and the sequel to Skin, perfect for fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones.
A thrilling historical novel and the sequel to the critically acclaimed Skin, perfect for fans of Outlander and Game of Thrones.
One woman's quest to defend her culture.
Haunted by the Roman attack that destroyed her home, Ailia flees to the remote Welsh mountains in search of the charismatic war king, Caradog, who is leading a guerrilla campaign against the encroaching army.
Ailia proves herself an indispensable advisor to the war king, but as the bond between them deepens, she realises the terrible role she must play to save the soul of her country.
Set in Iron-Age Britain, Songwoman is a powerful exploration of the ties between people and their land and what happens when they are broken.
Ilka Tampke teaches fiction at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her first novel, Skin, was published in eight countries and was nominated for the Voss Literary Prize and the Aurealis Awards in Australia. Ilka was selected for the WHSmith Fresh Talent in 2016. She lives on five acres in the Macedon Ranges of Victoria.
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04 Oct 2018
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Hodder & Stoughton
Praise for Skin:
'A visceral tale of ritual, magic and violence
— The Sunday Times
A convincing world... [Readers will] enjoy Tampke's skill in weaving the otherworld with this one — The Times
'A page-turning novel of transcendence and change — Guardian
'A tender, lyrical novel' — S Magazine
'A tale as evocative as it is compelling' — Starburst
Engaging and thrilling...a subtle blend of reality, fantasy, romance and action, Ilka Tampke's first novel is a beautiful read. She has created a mystical world that's certain to charm most readers — Sci-Fi Now
A thrilling debut, it throbs with the passions of a young woman's sexual awakening and paints a brutal world teeming with enticing detail... those who root for Game of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love — New Daily, AU
I am in awe of Ilka's ability to recreate a Britain of AD43... a great book — Cecilia Ekback
A mesmerising read, set in a distant past that feels both real and magical. Filled with drama and passion, it is also an intensely soulful story about courage, sacrifice and belonging. I was captivated — Antonia Hodgson
'I am hooked! [Ilka] is an amazing writer' — Karen Maitland