Book Review

Haven: A religious zealot takes his spiritual quest to the edge of the world

Following the journey of three monks to the uninhabited Skellig Michael in the early days of Christianity, Emma Donoghue’s latest novel is a study of fanaticism, hardship and the relationship between the men

Emma Donoghue: her latest novel, Haven, is a stirring, page-turning read

Inspired by the raw majesty of Skellig Michael off the Kerry coastline, Emma Donoghue’s latest novel imagines what the first Christian monks there would have encountered as they attempted to survive in this harshest of landscapes. Set in 600AD, it follows three monks in their bid to leave the temptations of man behind and give their lives over to the glory of God, establishing a church amid the stone, scrub and wild bird colonies.

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