Redpoint

Tristan is 16 when his life falls apart. He is forced to start afresh, leaving London for a crumbling estate in Cornwall and an uncle he barely knows.

About the author

Yseult Ogilvie was born in London, but spent much of her time in the Highlands of Scotland. She worked as a chef before studying architecture at The Bartlett, UCL. She has previously been published in the London Magazine and various anthologies.

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Why We Like It

  • A beautiful, moving tale of fated love and honour. 
  • Debut novel from a master of prose. 
  • Tristan and Isolde are given 1970s Britain as their playground.

Meet Yseult


Yseult Ogilvie was born in London, but spent much of her time in the Highlands of Scotland. She worked as a chef before studying architecture at The Bartlett, UCL. She has previously been published in the London Magazine and various anthologies.


60 seconds interview


Name the first book first that forever changed your outlook on life.

I read Lolita aged twelve. It was the first time I was utterly struck by the quality of the language used in a conscious way.


What is your favourite book of the year and where were you when you read it?

My favourite book I’ve read this year is The Harvest by Jim Crace. I was in bed at the time.


What is your aim as a writer? How does a book do that? 

Obviously to entertain, but also for the reader to be reminded of what they already know, and in terms that might be of use, delightful. When I’m enjoying a novel, it’s not only the language used or the story that it entertains, but the moment of recognition, when you think, ‘Ah that’s it, that’s exactly right. Now the idea it is memorable.’


What does love feel like to you? 

Ease, as if you were one with the other, attended by great ripples of joyous excitement.


What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

Smoking, but I refer you to the inimitable Oscar Wilde on the subject, ‘A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied.’ 


What is your go-to comfort food? 

Curry


What would your super power be?

Time travel


Which literary figure would you have a 24 hour affair with? 

Chekhov, Chekhov, and Chekhov


Which era would you travel back to and why? 

See above, Moscow in the late 19thC, on the assumption I’d have fluent Russian


Name your Sunday afternoon film

Kind Hearts & Coronets


How do you unwind? 

Gardening


What is the closest you've ever come to death? 

Being hospitalized with pneumonia aged 32; the intravenous antibiotics produced terrible nausea on top of the fever and breathlessness. I remember thinking that I didn’t care if I lived or died, and that this is what disease is for, to allow you to let go. Otherwise we’d have to legislate!


What one aspect would you change about yourself?

The whole of the “self” bit


What one characteristic do you dislike in others? 

Unkindness, as in lack of empathy


What keeps you up at night? 

Most things, I’m a worrier by disposition


What song would you like played at your funeral? 

Florence Foster Jenkins singing Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute. Listen here.


Tell us a joke

This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, 'Doc, my brother's crazy, he thinks he's a chicken.' And the doctor says, 'Well why don't you turn him in?' and the guy says, 'I would, but I need the eggs.' 



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