The Drago Tree


“beautifully crafted, exquisitely written” – Jasmina Brankovich

“I love love loved it and will re-read again and again. Stunning.” – NetGalley reviewer

“The narrative is simply brilliant.” – Nadanessinmotion

About The Drago Tree

Set on Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, The Drago Tree will capture your heart.

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

Praise for The Drago Tree

“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, author of 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.

“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.

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On Writing The Drago Tree

When I began work on The Drago Tree in 2013, all I had were the bones of a short story, a solitary sentence, and a sketch of a protagonist. It wasn’t until I chose the setting that the story started to unfold in me. I’d just finished reading Fay Weldon’s Leader of the Band and I was living  through the aftermath of a relationship gone awry. I needed an escape. So did my protagonist, Ann. I was in Melbourne, Australia, but Ann was in the Cotswolds. She is younger than me, and a geologist. Ann takes a trip to Lanzarote,  Canary Islands, Spain, where I used to live. And through her I got to re-live that part of my life when I was wild and reckless and free.

Ann is anything but. She’s haunted by her past and enchanted by the island landscapes; her thoughts and feelings magnified by her all too recent, all too present, hurt.

Tucked away in the solitude of my empty home, with the spirit of Fay Weldon by my side, I spent hours, days and months glued to Google maps and YouTube and hundreds of websites. My ambition was to write the best travel fiction book I was capable of. The Drago Tree turned out to be romance, or perhaps romantic is a better word, in the sense that it is a love story.

I became immersed in the island’s unusual geology, rich colonial history and exceptional beauty. It was the perfect escape. By the time I completed the manuscript I felt thoroughly purged. The result is a novel that is a reflection of my own life and yet entirely separate from it. It is a carefully crafted work, written from two perspectives and multi-layered. It was a joy to write. I have written two more novels set in the Canary Islands, one to be released in 2019.

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