Southwest Britain, AD 43.

For the people of Caer Cad, ‘skin’ is their totem, their greeting, their ancestors, their land.

Ailia does not have skin. Abandoned at birth, she serves the Tribequeen of her township. Ailia is not permitted to marry, excluded from tribal ceremonies and, most devastatingly, forbidden to learn. But the Mothers, the tribal ancestors, have chosen her for another path.

Lured by the beautiful and enigmatic Taliesin, Ailia embarks on an unsanctioned journey to attain the knowledge that will protect her people from the most terrifying invaders they have ever faced.

Set in Iron-Age Britain, on the cusp of Roman invasion, Skin is a thrilling, full-blooded, mesmerizing novel about the collision of two worlds, and a young woman torn between two men.

‘I loved the depth, sincerity and beauty of Skin. It gives a name and a shape to our capacity for yearning.’

Isobelle Carmody

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‘A brilliant and beautiful book. A masterpiece.’
John Marsden

‘Deeply layered, densely, sensuously written and profoundly original.’
Isobelle Carmody

‘An accomplished, absorbing and powerful debut.’
The Hoopla

‘Enticing and immensely satisfying…’
Good Reading magazine

‘We have not heard the last from this resonant new Australian voice.’

‘Those who root for Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen will find much to love in Ailia’s personal quest…’
The New Daily

‘I am in awe of Ilka’s ability to recreate a Britain of AD43.’
Cecelia Ekback, author of Wolf Winter



06 January 2015 Publishers Weekly
20 February 2015 The Hoopla
24 February 2015 Readings
10 March 2015 The Daily Telegraph
14 March 2015 The Weekend Australian
25 March 2015 ABC Radio National
07 April 2015 The New Daily
27 April 2015 Otago Daily Times
05 August 2015 Starburst
14 August 2015 SciFiNow Magazine
27 August 2015 The Digital Fix



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