The Last Kings of Sark

SARK canvas

Published in the UK by Virago in late 2013, and by St Martin’s Press in the US last summer.

“My name is Jude, and because of Hey, Law and the Obscure, they thought I was a boy…”

“This is a stunningly well-written first novel.”  The Times, 2nd November

“A lithe, shimmering novel… full of sensuality and wit.” The Guardian, 14th November

“She writes like a cross between Françoise Sagan and Nell Dunn: Strange, dreamy but with razor-sharp characterisation” Marie Claire

“Both freshly innocent & self-assured – each word seems chosen with extreme care” The New Yorker

“Beautifully-written… a vivid, emotional punch” Publishers Weekly 

“Tactile, mellifluous prose… [An] enthralling debut” Booklist

“Vital characters… painted wonderfully with words” Kirkus

“This novel depicts a summer filled with light, first impressions and naïve and untrammelled young hearts… Deftly done, with romance as well as as melancholy threaded through it.” Daily Mail

Advance Praise for THE LAST KINGS OF SARK:

” 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, Orange Prize shortlisted author of Archipelago

“A luminous, enchanting novel about 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

“Funny, vivid, bittersweet”  Ned Beauman, Booker Prize longlisted author of The Teleportation Accident

“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

The Last Kings of Sark captures in exquisite prose those intense butterfly moments when we are on the cusp of adulthood, but not quite there. When everything is seen as if through a prism, enhancing the colours, deepening the shadows. The setting, the island of Sark, is wonderfully evoked. The characters Jude, Sofi and Pip are simply masterful creations – they do not rise off the page so much as blaze off it, setting the world alight as they do.  A wonderful read.”   Vanessa Gebbie, author of The Coward’s Tale. 

The Last Kings of Sark is a cracklingly witty, heartbreaking novel about a young girl who is sent to be a tutor on a remote island. What begins as a reminiscence of a summer-to-remember, turns elegantly into a powerful story about what happens when you fall into a love that can not be forgotten in three lifetimes.”  Kristopher Jansma, author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

If you’re in the UK or Australia, you should hopefully be able to get it at your local independent bookshop, or from Amazon.

In the US, these links will lead you in the right direction:

Barnes and Noble





If it’s an e-book you’re after,  try B&N Nook, Kindle or Apple.

virago       StMartinsPress


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