Haven by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan, 2022)
Emma Donoghue’s Haven (ISBN: 9781529091113). Set in Ireland in seventh-century AD, the scholar and priest, Artt, has a dream telling him he must leave this sinful world. He takes two young monks with him, travelling down the Shannon and out into the Atlantic, to find a remote island where they can start anew. The theme of isolation will be familiar to readers of Donoghue’s other books (The Room continues to haunt), and her vivid writing is both brutal and compelling.