Hello. My name is Rosa, and I’ve just realised, with sadness, I have since lost all the necklaces I was wearing in that photo.

I live between Paris, London, and Margate/Ramsgate, on the Kentish Coast.


The image above is an old postcard of the lighthouse on Sark. Sark is a small Channel Island, 3 miles long, with no cars and practically no taxes. When I was 23, I went there to work as a cook for a little while. I loved the island, and I moved to Paris and wrote a book about it.

In 2011, that book won the first ever international Paris Literary Prize, organised by the bookshop Shakespeare & Company with the  support of the De Groot Foundation. Since then, I turned what was once a novella, into a novel, and it was bought by Virago. The Last Kings of Sark came out as a hardback in November 2013 in the UK, and was published by St Martin’s Press (US) in July 2014. I’m currently working on a second novel.

I’m represented by Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown.

If you want to get in touch, you can email me at rosarankingee [at] gmail . com.

p.s I also do commercial work – if you want to look at that, check out the snazzily titled ‘Creative Consulting’ page.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Just heard about your book via Shakespeare & Co’s newsletter, Rosa! It sounds wonderful and I will look forward to reading it when it’s released here in the states. Congratulations!

  2. Rosa! I have read the excerpts from your beautiful book, and I wish I could I buy it here in Pakistan. Someday, one of these days, my friend would get me a copy and I’d get to read the entire thing. You write beautiful prose, Ms. Rankin-Gee! Good luck! 🙂

  3. Hi Rosa. I read and re-read your book and was transported to Sark like nostalgia cannot be described in words. Forever it will be part of me. Write more and soon please. People who happily get lost in words need you…

  4. Hi Rosa,

    Thank you for writing such a beautiful novel, one that I could simply not put down.

    I have for all my life lived on Guernsey, less than 10 miles from Sark, and have the good fortune to be able to see Sark each morning as I go to work.

    I was truly blessed to have discovered your wonderful book. I had been browsing for bargain used Channel Islands history books on Amazon and “The Last Kings Of Sark” was added to my basket, and I am ashamed now to admit this to you, without me even knowing what your book would be about. It was simply the word “Sark” in the title that had originally motivated me to buy it.

    When the book arrived, I was somewhat bemused to find a “Goose Creek Library” label still attached under the clear cover protecting the dust jacket. Goose Creek Library is evidently in South Carolina in the USA, and I wondered for a moment or two on how a book about Sark might have travelled nearly 5,000 miles to end up being so close to Sark again, it surely had to be something more than just pure coincidence.

    To my surprise, I sat and read your book in a single session, not knowing at all what to expect, and I was simply blown away by it. You have such an amazing gift with your descriptions and phrases, I absolutely enjoyed every single moment of it, and wanted to immediately find out if you had written any other books, resulting in my finding of your website.

    For me one sentence especially resonated, and I hope that you don’t mind me quoting it here:

    “Our skin got darker and our hair got lighter, and summer passed like sand through our fingers.”

    Reflecting back on my own island summers when I was around a similar age, your words struck a chord deep within me, and for that reason I wanted to say thank you.

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