According to the Icelandic novelist Sjón: "Since humanity started enjoying its stories, the remote island has been a staple in every storyteller's bag of narrative tricks. "On a globe where 90 per cent of the population lives on the great land masses, to live on a small island remains an oddity that serves well as the stuff of fables, a stage for fabulous happenings, the stomping ground of fantastic beings. It can be both an object of desire (the paradise island) or loathing (the prison island) where man has to face the core elements of his existence."
Sjón has shared his top ten list of island stories with the Guardian. It includes books by Tove Jansson, Agatha Christie and HG Wells. Click on the image below to read the full list.