Fiona Rintoul – writer, journalist, translator

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Whisky Island

Posted on February 9th, by admin in Books. Comments Off on Whisky Island

Runner-up debut drinks book in the Fortnum & Mason food and drink awards 2017

Winner of the Gourmand award for best UK spirits book 2017

Fiona’s latest book, Whisky Island is a celebration of the whiskies of Islay and of the beautiful island that shaped them. With a population of just over 3,000, Islay produces some of the finest whiskies in the world. It is perhaps best known for its smoky, phenolic spirits, such as Laphroaig, Lagavulin, and Ardbeg. These have been distilled in rocky coves off Islay’s sheltered east coast for at least 200 years, and probably much longer. But in truth Islay produces a dram for every palette, and its vibrant and expanding whisky industry is a constant source of renewed excellence and taste innovation.

With stunning photographs by Konrad Borkowksi and 10 original poems by Fiona, Whisky Island transports you to the magical island of Islay and its legendary whisky distilleries.


The Leipzig Affair

Posted on May 30th, by admin in Books. Comments Off on The Leipzig Affair

“You stare at the photograph. You wonder if you recognise the girl in the picture. Yes and no.”

“A gripping, complex debut” Zoë Strachan

“Will resonate loud and clear with anyone conscious of the dangers of CCTV culture in modern Britain” Rodge Glass

“Kept me hooked right to the end” Linda Leatherbarrow

“A story of betrayal only partly redeemed by love, by an author who hauntingly evokes the milieu” Jonathan Falla

The year is 1985. East Germany is in the grip of communism. Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee to the West. When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a young Scot studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way to realise her escape plans. But as Robert falls in love with her, he stumbles into a complex world of shifting half-truths – one that will undo them both.


Outside Verdun

Posted on May 19th, by admin in Books. Comments Off on Outside Verdun

Outside Verdun, Fiona’s new translation of Arnold Zweig’s first world war classic, Erziehung vor Verdun, was published in May 2014 by Freight Books.

“The war, an operation instigated by men, still felt to him like a storm decreed by fate, an unleashing of powerful elements, unaccountable and beyond criticism.”

A forgotten masterpiece of first world war German literature, Outside Verdun is a gripping, heart-breaking story of revenge and  sacrifice based on the author’s own first-hand experiences of combat, published in a new translation in the centenary year of the commencement of hostilities.

“… a spirited and highly readable translation by Fiona Rintoul.” Times Literary Supplement

“This invigorating new translation by Fiona Rintoul is timely and welcome.” The Independent


Let’s Pretend

Posted on October 9th, by admin in Books. Comments Off on Let’s Pretend

Fiona’s story ‘One hundred flowers’ appears in the short story collection Let’s Pretend.

I used dollars my family had sent to buy coffee and chocolate from the Friendship Store, and we had a celebration. Grandma Gao spat the coffee out, but she patted me on the arm as she pottered off on her tiny ruined feet to squat by the door and smoke the Kent cigarettes I’d given her. It was an acceptance of sorts.

From the Glasgow University Masters course in Creative Writing comes this collection of brand new writing from some of the most exciting and fresh talents around. Thirty-seven writers have taken (in)fidelity as a theme to offer up 37 remarkable short stories.

“[These] stories form as strong a collection as I’ve read in a decade or more. Wit and wistfulness, black skies and blue, laughter and tragedy all are on display here.” Ian Rankin