I firmly believe that Aliya Whiteley is one of the most original, innovative and intelligent writers of speculative fiction working in Britain today.
– Nina Allan, author of The Rift
“Whiteley skilfully blends Greek myth with the horrors of the second world war and scalpel-sharp observations of contemporary society in a compelling, disturbing read that examines gender roles and the power of individuals to take control of their lives.”
SciFiNow best of 2019
“At its heart, Skein Island is a novel about storytelling, gender, and the tales we fall captive to or fool ourselves into believing. It’s about the power of the written word and, quite appropriately, Aliya Whiteley’s writing is spellbinding, blending reality and mythos together to create a world that is most terrifying when it reflects our deepest fears back at us.”
“An inventive and haunting postmodern novel”
“A story that is steeped in mystery and mythology – a darkly disturbing and challenging read. Skein Island is savagely honest and sharply attuned to the perils and unspoken agony of our times. Whiteley writes like a force of nature and there is no stopping this coming storm!”
Storgy best books of 2019
“Whiteley’s novel, steeped in mythology, is a lyrical journey that’s ultimately about learning to let go of the past”
Ginger Nuts of Horror best of 2019
We can expect great things from Aliya Whiteley.
– Rising Shadow
If you’re looking for deep waters and shadows in the pages of a summer read, come to Skein Island.
PRAISE FOR THE BEAUTY
Teeming with the spirit of feminist speculative trailblazers like Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Joanna Russ, Whiteley’s original, gut-wrenching tale renders a world that exists somewhere between post-apocalyptic and fable-esque.
– Kirkus Reviews, on The Beauty
Elegantly written, balancing on the line that divides prose from poetry.
– Booklist, on The Beauty
PRAISE FOR ALIYA WHITELEY
Aliya Whiteley’s fiction scintillates with ideas, skips back and forth across genre boundaries with an ease and audacity that is glorious to behold. She is very much at the forefront of the new wave of UK genre writers
– Mark Morris
There’s something so easy about Whiteley’s prose despite constantly delivering a dense philosophical gut punch. Her characters are rich but mysterious, flawed and fascinating. The plot twists and turns, blindsiding the reader at every turn while feeling as though it could never really have gone any other way.
– British Fantasy Society
“Food for thought.”
– The Sun
“Aliya Whiteley’s quiet prose is perfect for the slowly unfolding narrative… Compelling.”