A tragi-comic love story set on the idyllic island of Lanzarote
Haunted by demons past and present, geologist Ann Salter seeks sanctuary on the exotic island of Lanzarote. There she meets charismatic author Richard Parry and indigenous potter Domingo and together they explore the island.
Ann’s encounters with the island’s hidden treasures becomes a journey deep inside herself as she struggles to understand who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.
Set against a panoramic backdrop of dramatic island landscapes and Spanish colonial history, The Drago Tree is an intriguing tale of betrayal, conquest and love in all its forms.
“This beautifully constructed novel reveals the complexity we invite into our lives when we open our hearts to passion.” Robert Hillman, The Honey Thief
“Set on Lanzarote this is a wonderful wonderful book. I honestly do not know why I have left it so long to read but now I have I am glad I did. The relationships of the three main characters will forever stay with me and the descriptive writing is just perfect. I love love loved it and will re-read again again. Stunning” – NetGalley reviewer
“I was in love with the beautiful prose, the elegantly constructed sentences” Michelle Saftich, Port of No Return
“Held together with a mouth watering description of the landscape and history of Lanzarote.” James Synot, Goodreads.
“Isobel Blackthorn is a writer who has the skill of creating a scene that places you there. This is often something writers struggle with but not Isobel Blackthorn. As a reader I was not only there, I did not want to leave. I was engaged fully, feeling I could touch, see and smell the place and time.” Jennifer Douglas, Goodreads.
“If you enjoy reading introspective pieces written in beautiful prose, then The Drago Tree is certainly the book for you.” Overrated Sensibilities.
“The Drago Tree is a beautifully crafted, exquisitely written novel brimming with grief and heartiness, pain and joy. Unputdownable from the get-go. The story reminds me of AS Byatt’s classic exploration of the relationships between power and knowledge: as much as Possession is about academic rivalry and obsession, The Drago Tree is about different kind of possession. It is a story of (post) colonial possession, where the invaders continue to vie for owning traditional indigenous knowledges, and where the unique island of Lanzarote serves as a setting for what is a global process of colonial expansion. It is also a story of men’s perceived right to possess women and appropriate their talents; be they writers, such as the main protagonist, who escapes domestic violence only to find herself fighting off a fellow writer’s presumptive ownership over her, on the very island whose culture he sees as just one add-and-stir element to his authorship’s oeuvre. The story has all that a good story should have: vibrant characters, a journey of a plot line, a twist at the end. The Drago Tree will take your heart.” -Jasmina Brankovich, writer, activist, social critic.
“Loved it…. Great characterisations and descriptive work. Especially liked how Isobel Blackthorn explores Ann’s thoughts and emotions. Also, the mental pictures she conjures up of the Cuevas de Los Verdes are particularly authentic and effective. The device of flicking back and forth from present to past action is subtly and deftly handled, never jarring and always advanced the story without seeming extraneous or overdone. Really, well done!!” – Sandie Johnson.
Explore Lanzarote through Ann Salter’s eyes. The Drago Tree makes a great travel guide. Journey with Ann from the moment you meet her in the cafe at Jameos del Agua. Travel back on the coast road to Haría and enjoy the haunting scenery. Enjoy the plaza, and the Saturday market. If you are brave enough and have a good head for heights, take a walk down El Risco. If not, go for a drive and check out the spectacular view. Journey back in time to the pirate heyday in Cuevas de los Verdes–not for the claustrophobic–then have lunch in the northern village of Orzola. Head to Teguise for the Sunday markets, and travel down through the fringes of Timanfaya to the extraordinary coastal crater of El Golfo.