A magical fable of fate and resignation - Guardian
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2009
A mysterious and frightening metamorphosis has befallen Ida MacLaird – she is slowly turning into glass, from the feet up. She returns to St Hauda’s Land, where she believes the glass first took hold, in the vain hope of finding the one man who might just be able to cure her… Midas Crook is a young loner, who has lived on the islands his entire life. When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defences. As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, they begin to fall in love. What they need most is time – and time is slipping away fast. Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?