THE SEVEN SKINS OF ESTHER WILDING
by Holly Ringland
The last time Esther Wilding’s beloved older sister Aura was seen, she was walking along the shore towards the sea. In the wake of Aura’s disappearance, Esther’s family struggles to live with their loss.
To seek the truth about her sister’s death, Esther reluctantly travels from Tasmania to Copenhagen, and then to the Faroe Islands. On her journey, Esther is guided by the stories Aura left behind in her treasured journal; seven fairy tales about selkies, swans and women, alongside cryptic verses Aura wrote and had secretly tattooed on her body.
The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding is about the far-reaches of sisterly love, the power of wearing your heart on your skin and the way life can transform when we find the courage to feel the fullness of both grief and joy.
From the international best-selling author of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, now a major Amazon Prime series
‘Astonishing in its scope, detail and sensitivity’ Kate Leaver
‘I was swept away by this triumphant and luminous story’ Myfanwy Jones
‘Richly immersive. A mysterious and magical journey through loss and grief.’ Fiona Valpy
‘This intercontinental journey into joy, grief, nature and magic confirms Holly Ringland as one of Australia’s most precious, life-changing storytellers.’ Booktopia
‘Nobody writes about the pain of being alive more deftly than Holly Ringland. She brings such empathy to the topics of grief, love, family conflict and loss…Astonishing in its scope, detail and sensitivity… tender, magical, epic, funny and devastating.' Kate Leaver
‘A mythological journey as much as an unfolding mystery, full of symbols ... a magical, witchy, quirky, luminous book, full of the natural world, the night sky and the ever-changing water around the islands on which it is set.' The Australian
‘It’s impossible to come away from this magical story unchanged.’ Sally Piper
‘Like the best books, The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding is ultimately a story about love. Ringland is a virtuoso of fairytale storytelling for adults’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘Fans of Holly Ringland’s beautiful first novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, will fall equally in love with her second.’ The West Australian
‘Vivid and soaring … a haunting story of trauma and redemption…a great recommendation for fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things’ Books+Publishing
‘Holly Ringland creates expansive, magical worlds in her novels and packs them full of love.’ Victoria Hannan
ISBN (Paperback): 9781915643568
ISBN (Ebook): 9781915643575
Price: £10.99 (Paperback) £5.99 (Ebook)
Pub date: 6th July 2023
Extent: 506 pages
Rights Held: UK & Commonwealth (excl. US and ANZ), non-exclusive ROW
Translation rights: No
Holly Ringland is a writer, storyteller, and television presenter. She grew up in Queensland, Australia and prior to the pandemic, divided her time between Australia and the UK. Her award-winning, bestselling debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, has been published in 31 territories and will stream globally in 2023 as a seven-part series on Amazon Prime, starring Sigourney Weaver. In May 2019, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart won The Australian Book Industry Award General Fiction Book of the Year. The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding was published to critical acclaim in Australia and New Zealand in October 2022 and became an instant best-seller.