At the centre of the novel is the crumbling seastack of the Old Man of Hoy and the consuming relationship between a young artist, Kim, coldly passionate, talented, secretive, and Jimmy, a North Sea roughneck, engineer and climber.
It deals with the possibility of friendship between men and women.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 02/01/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571212859