Reviews for On Island


Pat Carney's On Island is a #1 BC Bestseller.

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Pat Carney joins CBC's Sheryl Mackay on North by Northwest to talk about her collection and the importance of Canada's independent bookstores.

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Pat Carney shares her inspiration for On Island with CBC's Gregor Craigie.

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"Charming and wry . . . Carney demonstrates both the benefit and drawback of life in a relatively isolated and small place, and they are the same: everyone knows everyone." —Vancouver Sun

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"Throughout Carney’s active and varied life, she has gained a unique perspective of human nature and the interaction of people of every age and occupation and she’s done it without ever losing her ability to observe life through a lens of wry humour . . . On Island is a clear reflection of that fundamental ability. It also, once again, establishes her as a light-hearted and insightful author whose observations of life on a anonymous west coast island perfectly capture island life." —Peninsula News Review

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Pat Carney chats with Shelagh Rogers about her book, On Island, and how her time living and working on BC's coast inspired the characters and stories in her debut fiction collection.

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"Pat Carney can now add “adept fiction writer” to her impressive catalogue of credentials. These stories about the pleasures and perils of life on an unnamed island are fond, wry, funny, and delivered in a tone that's both confiding and arch. On Island gave me much pleasure. I hope there’s more to come." — Bill Richardson, CBC radio host and author of Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast


"Islanders like to think of ourselves as uniquely and happily distant from some of the constraints that bind mainlanders. Pat Carney’s On Island collection of short stories will leave you wanting more. Possessed of humour and whimsicality, Pat’s years in public life inform a compassionate and realistic portrayal of our distinctive Pacific Island ethos." —Iona Campagnolo, 27th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia


"A lively, engaging collection of island stories, full of deftly observed characters, most of whom would be wonderful to meet walking among “the Coast Dwellers.” A wonderful read from a very talented writer." —Anna Porter, award-winning author and publisher of Key Porter Books


"On Island is a delight from stem to stern. Who knew that Canada’s one and only Pat Carney, consultant, businesswoman, journalist, MP, Cabinet Minister, protector of lighthouses, and Senator, could also produce fiction so light-footed, nimble and lively? Carney’s stories are of life on an island not unlike Saturna Island, where she spends much of her time, and all of them "happened somewhere, sometime, on British Columbia’s coast”. Each tale is astutely and deftly told, and the collection as a whole offers readers an overview of and insights into a beautiful place and the people who make it home." —Anne Giardini, author of The Sad Truth About Happiness and Advice for Italian Boys