For this list books only count if most of the novel, or at least the important scenes, are set on an isolated island. As such I won't include things like The Life of Pi (a novel I hated - the only bit I enjoyed was the floating island!) I also did not count islands which are also countries themselves e.g. Cyprus.
When I did my English lit A level in the dim and distant past I chose to do an extended essay on 'island fiction', examining what it told us about human nature. I used Robinson Crusoe, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and Golding's Lord of the Flies. Therefore they all appear in this list, along with my first novel (which wouldn't have worked if it wasn't set on an island).
I've added the list to Goodreads Listopia, Shelfari, and Amazon's Listmania. Many thanks to my friends and helpers for contributing: Johanna, Sarah, Bec, Emma, Justin, Sam x2, Regina, Heidi, Helen, Rob, Alyson, Andrew, Neal, Elizabeth, Meg, Michele, Michael, Trish, and Joe. I originally got the idea for this blog post from reading fellow writer Helen J. Beal's blog.
Let the listage commence! Oh, and it is in no particular order.
by Daniel Defoe
I've read it a few times. It's not my favourite book. I kept wanting Crusoe to get eaten, the racist goat muncher. However, the details of how he survives and makes all the things he needs are interesting.
The Island of Dr. Moreau
by H.G. Wells
A disturbing classic of vivisection horror.
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
I love it. The book suits my pessimistic nature. A perfect example of a tense story that is actually about something much larger.
by Terry Pratchett
I should read some more Pratchett. I loved his first two books, and remember being lay on my bed laughing aloud when I was a student.
by Dennis Lehane
I've only seen the film. Sorry!
The Summer Book
by Tove Jansson
I've not read it, but a few of my friends praised it a lot.
The Swiss Family Robinson
by Johann David Wyss
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
by Honor Arundel
The Island of Adventure
by Enid Blyton
I read lots of Blyton when I was a child. I had this edition, which included Castle of Adventure too.
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Oo arr, enough to make me want to cock a hat and sail the high seas again in my kayak. We seem to be stuck in a current of children's books at the moment.
by Astrid Lindgren
The Blue Lagoon
by Henry de Vere Stacpoole
I've seen the film. 1980, Brooke Shields. Mercilessly spoofed in Top Secret.
by Michael Crichton
by Victoria Hislop
Song of the Sea God
by Chris Hill
by Alex Garland
Back in adult territory now. I enjoyed most of this novel, it gripped me at the start and kept me reading, but because I found it difficult to empathise with the main character it didn't feel as satisfying as it could have.
by William Shakespeare
I always had sympathy for Caliban. Caliban said he was happy until an outsider took over the island from him and degraded him. I played with that idea in my novel Turner, through the characters of Bwystfil and Bran Ddu.
Twenty Thousand Saints
by Fflur Dafydd
Set on Ynys Enlli, where I also stayed while writing a novel. Another connection for me is that Gwen Davies edited Twenty Thousand Saints, and she was also the editor for my second novel, CF2K.
by Karl Drinkwater
So sue me. It's my blog and it fits the criteria.
by Mo Hayder
I wanted to include Ritual in this list, the novel that The Wicker Man (1973) was based on, a horrifying film. Unfortunately, unlike the film (set on a remote Hebridean island), the novel is set on the mainland. Pig Island is its replacement.
by John Fowles
I've read some Fowles - French Lieutenant's Woman (of course), The Collector (creepy and impulsive) and The Ebony Tower (mixed feelings, a novella collection). This is on my long list of books to read.
22 books. How many have you read?