Download Cover


By Sinéad Gleeson

‘Intelligent, probing’ MAGGIE O’FARRELL

‘Wild, singular… gripped me from the start’ DOUGLAS STUART

Passionate, wild, hugely atmospheric’ DAVID NICHOLLS

‘A gorgeous, mysterious read’ AISLING BEA

‘Wild, elemental… I adored it’ LOUISE KENNEDY

*A most anticipated 2024 debut in BBC, Daily Mail, Stylist, New Statesman, Sunday Independent, Irish Times, Irish Examiner, The Journal and The New European*

The haunting debut novel from beloved, Irish no. 1 bestselling author, Sinéad Gleeson.

The sea is steady for now. The land readies itself. What can be done with the woman on the cliff?

On a wild and rugged island cut off and isolated to some, artist Nell feels the island is her home. It is the source of inspiration for her art, rooted in landscape, folklore and the feminine. The mysterious Inions, a commune of women who have travelled there from all over the world, consider it a place of refuge and safety, of solace in nature.

All the islanders live alongside the strange murmurings that seem to emanate from within the depths of the island, a sound that is almost supernatural – a Summoning as the Inions call it. One day, a letter arrives at Nell’s door from the reclusive Inions who invite Nell into the commune for a commission to produce a magnificent art piece to celebrate their long history. In its creation, Nell will discover things about the community and about herself that will challenge everything she thought she knew.

Beautifully written, prescient and eerily haunting, Sinéad Gleeson’s debut novel takes in the darker side of human nature and the mysteries of faith and the natural world.

‘Original and captivating’ BBC

‘Startling, engrossing, darkly playful’ RODDY DOYLE

‘Wonderfully surprising and totally original’ ELAINE FEENEY

‘[This] magnificent debut novel is that rare thing: a literary page-turner’ JENNIFER HIGGIE

Format: Trade Paperback
Release Date: 11 Apr 2024
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0-00-862665-5
Price: £14.99 (Export Price) , £14.99, €None
Sinéad Gleeson’s essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life was published by Picador in 2019 and won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish Book Awards and the Dalkey Literary Award for Emerging Writer. It was shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Michel Deon Prize. She is the editor of The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers (named for a line from Maeve Brennan, which includes a story by Brennan), The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland and The Art of Glimpse: 100 Irish Short Stories. Sinéad also collaborates with artists and musicians, with commissions from The Wellcome Collection, BBC, Frieze and various galleries. In 2022, with Kim Gordon, she co-edited This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music, published by White Rabbit Books, and Hagstone is her first novel.

'A passionate, wild, hugely atmospheric and enjoyable debut from such an original voice' David Nicholls, author of You Are Here -

”'An intelligent, probing novel about isolation, art, and the incompatible desires for both solitude and community” - Maggie O’Farrell, author of Hamnet

‘This is a wild, singular story that gripped me from the start' Douglas Stuart, author of Young Mungo -

'A startling, engrossing, darkly playful novel' Roddy Doyle, author of Love -

”'An original and captivating tale about creativity, landscape and folklore” - BBC

”'Totally original” - Elaine Feeney, author of How to Build a Boat

”'Gleeson’s prose shines with a literary luminescence” - Sunday Business Post

”'Wonderful and captivating” - Cosey Fanny Tutti, author of Art Sex Music

'Mesmerising and haunting' Emilie Pine, author of Ruth & Pen -

”'Beautiful, unsettling” - Rebecca Tamas, author of Strangers

‘I loved this beautiful, eerie novel' Patrick Freyne, author of OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea -

”'Wildly seductive … I am bereft now I’ve finished it” - Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places

”'A delicious eccentric story” - June Caldwell, author of Room Little Darker

”'Engrossing and wild and gothic, a startlingly good debut” - Evie Wyld, author of The Echoes

”'A wonderful neo-mythic conjuration” - Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones

”'A visceral storyteller who nails your head to the page” - Blindboy Boatclub

”'Sinead Gleeson's writing is seaweed-y, delicately beautiful and deceptively tough. Reading Hagstone feels, I'd imagine, like wallowing in a deep rockpool on a rainy day. Fresh and strange and compelling” - Lizzie Stewart, author of Alison