My name is Jude. And because of Law, Hey and the Obscure, they thought I was a boy.
Jude is twenty-one when she flies in a private plane to Sark, a tiny carless Channel Island, the last place in Europe to abolish feudalism. She has been hired for the summer to give tuition to a rich local boy called Pip. But when she arrives, the family is unsettling- Pip is awkward, over-literal, and adamant he doesn't need a tutor, and upstairs, his enigmatic mother Esmé casts a shadow over the house.
Enter Sofi: the family's holiday cook, a magnetic, mercurial Polish girl with appalling kitchen hygiene, who sings to herself and sleeps naked. When the father of the family goes away on business, Pip's science lessons are replaced by midday rosé and scallop-smuggling, and summer begins.
Soon something surprising starts to touch the three together. But those strange, golden weeks cannot last forever.
Later, in Paris, Normandy and London, they find themselves looking for the moment that changed everything. Compelling, dark and funny, The Last Kings of Sark is tale of complicated love, only children and missed opportunities, from an extraordinary new writer.
"This is a book full of adventure and love. Like every great novel it has magic at its core. It feels very modern too, like it has been written by a writer of a new time... A writer we will all want to read again and again" (Monique Roffey, author of Archipelago)
"Rosa Rankin-Gee has woven an irresistible and heady spell of youth and summer, love and friendship. Her energetic prose and attention to sensual detail will keep you reading greedily until the last page and thinking about the characters long afterwards. What an enchanting debut" (Joanna Hershon, author of A Dual Inheritance)
"A delicate, mournful novel about the complicated ties that develop quickly between young people thrown together" (Pick of the Month, The Bookseller)
"Funny, vivid, bittersweet" (Ned Beauman, author of The Teleportation Accident)
"A luminous, enchanting novel about friendship, loss, and love. Exquisitely written, beautifully told, The Last Kings of Sark is a world I won't soon forget" (Anton DiSclafani, New York Times bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls)
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