The Hollow Sea

The Hollow Sea

The unforgettable and mesmerising debut inspired by mythology


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A mesmerising literary debut interwoven with mythology and legend

When Scottie realises that she may never become a mother, she makes the heart-breaking decision to flee to the remote North Atlantic archipelago of St Hia.

Lashed by storms and far from the mainland, the islands are dangerous. Many have been lost to the ferocious tides known as the Hollow Sea - and local folklore warns that St Hia was once the home of a witch. Her name was Thordis, and when she was unable to provide her husband with a child, she was driven to a terrible act...

The islanders warn newcomers against examining the past, but Scottie can't look away from the mystery of what happened to Thordis.

Could it be that St Hia's troubled history holds the key to Scottie's future?

© Annie Kirby 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022


  • A bold, magical story about the letting go of long-held hope and building a different future
    Jo Browning Wroe, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Terrible Kindness

About the author

Annie Kirby

Annie Kirby lives on the south coast of England where she works part-time as a university researcher. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in American Studies. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and broadcast on national radio and she is a winner of the Asham Award for short fiction. Annie is a graduate of the Penguin WriteNow programme.
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