Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Pearl-fishers” as Want to Read:
The Pearl-fishers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Pearl-fishers

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
When a family of travelling pearl-fishers arrives in a small Scottish town, the inhabitants react in their own different ways, from warmth to outright rejection. But how will they respond when love seems to blossom between local man Gavin Hamilton and the beautiful pearl-fisher Effie? The Pearl-fishers is a classic love story and the master storyteller’s last novel.
Published April 1st 2007 by Birlinn Ltd
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Pearl-fishers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Pearl-fishers

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scotland
In fairness to the author, this wasn't published during his lifetime. It definitely lacks the polish of a finished work, but it's worth reading if you're a fan as it provides a snapshot of a work in progress. There's a lot of good raw material here, but it's far from a finished novel.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Several years ago I read Robin Jenkins' A Very Scotch Affair and was so enamoured by it I bought several more of his novels — he has 30 to his name. Unfortunately, when I purchased The Pearl-fishers, which was heavily discounted as a Kindle edition, I hadn't clocked it was a "lost" novel, the manuscript for which was found in a drawer after his death and published posthumously. I think this might explain why the book has a sort of unfinished feel to it and why I felt reading it was a waste of ti ...more
James Mils
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is the first of Robin Jenkins' work I have read thus far, in hindsight it probably wasn't a good place to begin as it was published after his death. It is an enjoyable light read. However, for me the characters seemed a little under developed. This isn't so much a problem with the character of Gavin Hamilton whom is already developed in "A Would-Be Saint" (a novel I am still to read) but bothered me when it came to Effie, I really wanted to like her but like Hamilton I never really felt tha ...more
Isabel Dennis
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, which was published after the author had passed away from a manuscript that his family discovered when clearing his house. Jenkins' writing style is almost conversational - I can imagine him telling me the story.

The story is set in Scotland and is about a family of travellers who experience prejudice because they live the life of tinkers, although they are pearl fishers. The reader is taken on an emotional journey through the eyes of the main character, Effie, who sees a cha
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's been suggested that this book, found after Robin Jenkins' death, was unfinished. After reading, I have to agree. It feels like he's drafted the novel, deciding what was going to happen and when but the characters are weak. Certainly, for me, not as well developed as his characters in, for example, The Cone Gatherers or Fergus Lamont. It's a very fast read and at times it feels like reading a children's book.

If you haven't read another book by Jenkins, don't base your opinion of him as an a
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: peachfire
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Thought the book was beautiful, insightful and simple. The book was found in the author drawer after his death by his daughter who wasn't sure if it was complete. I feel that this is the beginning of what would have been a much more complex and tragic novel. I enjoyed if but did feel as if there was more and ending where it did seemed to lack the depth that a fuller, longer novel would provide. I will definitely read more of Robin Jenkin's work.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great! This is the second book by Jenkins and the first love story I have read. Rather short, but really a great little read. I think this novel builds suspense rather than description, even now I see Effie as totally different compared to how she is described in the book. The ending-great. Will she be all those things, well considering they braved the storm I say Yes!
Jul 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-classic
Just a nice little love story? I enjoyed it.
rated it it was amazing
May 22, 2016
rated it really liked it
Aug 25, 2016
rated it it was amazing
May 22, 2014
Lesley Paul
rated it really liked it
Feb 03, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Feb 22, 2015
Ewan McMickan
rated it it was amazing
Feb 20, 2017
rated it really liked it
Dec 27, 2013
Colleen Black
rated it it was amazing
Mar 17, 2017
rated it liked it
Oct 26, 2016
rated it liked it
Oct 11, 2015
Ian McLachlan
rated it really liked it
Sep 05, 2016
Trevor Martin Lowis
rated it liked it
Sep 06, 2016
rated it liked it
Sep 26, 2011
rated it liked it
Jan 17, 2012
Martin Cusworth
rated it really liked it
Mar 14, 2015
rated it liked it
Mar 04, 2012
rated it it was ok
Mar 11, 2010
Saffron Thain
rated it really liked it
Oct 31, 2016
Karen DK
rated it it was ok
Apr 16, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Jul 28, 2017
rated it liked it
Apr 03, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Author of a number of landmark novels including The Cone Gatherers, The Changeling, Happy for the Child, The Thistle and the Grail and Guests of War, Jenkins is recognised as one of Scotland's greatest writers. The themes of good and evil, of innocence lost, of fraudulence, cruelty and redemption shine through his work. His novels, shot through with ambiguity, are rarely about what they seem. He p ...more
More about Robin Jenkins...

Share This Book