"A Prison In The Sun is an excellent work of mystery fiction for those who want to devour a literary sensation over a longer period." 5 Stars - K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite.
"Once again the author works her trademark talent for describing the surroundings into the story." - Cheryl M-Ms Book Blog
"The author has written about a difficult subject with great compassion and sensitivity." - Ginger Book Geek.
"Isobel Blackthorn's writing is beautiful and unique." - Jessica Belmont
"This read was absolutely beautiful, compelling and deep. Brave to Blackthorn for great storytelling!" - Nurse Bookie
"This author is adept at creating an all-encompassing world for the reader." - Books Are Cool
"A Prison in the Sun is the most brilliant book I have read in a long time. Very beautifully written." - Tessa Talks Books
"This is a skilfully crafted story, weaving historical and contemporary events into a plot filled with angst, turmoil, murder and mystery." - Splashes into Books
"Storytelling at its best." - The Bookwormery
"Great work moves people, for better or worse, and this did that. For a novel taking a dark, horrific premise, and utilizing that to highlight the bitter cervices of the human mind, this is everything it needed to be." - Vain Radical
Engrossing and unique, I highly recommend A Prison in the Sun - The Book Decoder
After ghostwriter Trevor Moore rents an old farmhouse in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, he moves in to find his muse.
But instead of creative inspiration, he discovers a rucksack filled with cash. Who does it belong to, and what should he do with it?
Struggling to make up his mind, Trevor gradually finds more clues, and unravels the harrowing true story of a little-known concentration camp that incarcerated gay men in the 1950s and 60s.
This is the large print edition of A Prison In The Sun, with a larger font / typeface for easier reading.
A Prison in the Sun won the Finalist Award in the LGBTQ category of the Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2020 and the Finalist Award in the LGBTQ category of the 2021 International Book Awards.
I wrote A Prison in the Sun to honour and remember all those men imprisoned under General Franco's regime because they were gay. On Fuerteventura, where this story is set, prison conditions were brutal and likened to a concentration camp. To the best of my knowledge, nothing substantial about this prison has been written in English. All of my research I conducted in Spanish. In 2008 the story of the prison broke after professor Miguel Ángel Sosa Machín interviewed prison survivor, Octavia Garcia. I have known of the prison's existence since 1989, when I lived in Lanzarote and my close friends from the island told me what went on there.
I have purposefully juxtaposed life in the prison with that of the present day, counterpointing the gravity of the prisoners' situation with a touch of bathos in the main narrative, striving not only for balance, but also to entice reflection on who we were, who we are, and where we want to be.
A Prison in the Sun is my fourth Canary Islands' novel and was written in keeping with that narrative style.
I offer the following story in all sincerity.