Saturday is the anniversary of the publication of Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe.

Here are 10 other great novels about islands and the sea.

The Coral Island

R M Ballantyne

Edinburgh-born Ballantyne spent some years working for the Hudson Bay company in Canada, where he learned about the harsher side of life. Though he never visited the South Seas islands on which his novel for children is based, he made sure his tale of shipwrecked boys contained "plenty of gore and violence" to keep them amused.

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Plenty of violence in this novel too, but of a more profoundly disturbing kind, as Golding pitches his marooned class of schoolboys onto a remote island, where primitive instincts and civilised values fight it out.

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Like Golding, RLS was inspired by The Coral Island. Jim Hawkins's intrepid adventures in the company of the scary but fascinating Long John Silver and his search for a horde of long-lost treasure remain evergreen.

Whisky Galore

Compton Mackenzie

Based on the true story of the shipment of whisky that in 1941 was wrecked off Eriskay and rescued by islanders before it could be impounded by the Home Guard, this has become a comic classic and coloured many a reader's view of the typical Scottish islander.

Island of Wings

Karin Altenberg

A story of a marriage, set on St Kilda in 1830. When the minister arrives with his new and pregnant wife, it is soon his relationship that is more in need of saving than the islanders's immortal souls.

Shutter Island

Dennis Lehane

Written as a gothic homage to the likes of the Bronte sisters, with many a nod to the same genre of films, Lehane's creepy mystery is set in the 1950s when the disappearance of a patient in a hospital for the criminally insane leads investigating officers to make unsettling discoveries. It was later filmed, as the author could have predicted.

Death of a River Guide

Richard Flanagan

Recounted by the Tasmanian narrator Aljaz, as he is drowning, it's the story of his family's dark, violent past which mirrors the history of the island's persecuted aboriginal population over the centuries.

Wide Open

Nicola Barker

Set on the Isle of Sheppey, this novel won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Its characters are all at sea, from the 'lost' eight year old to the man whose profession is join- the-dots pornography. Barker's eery world view is perfect for this setting and its unhappy drifters.

To the Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

The Scottish island on which the lighthouse stands is more a motif than a setting, in this, one of the finest novels of the 20th century. Told in three parts, it takes place over several years, as recounted by one of the young friends of the complicated, charismatic Mrs Ramsay, whose summer holiday house was once filled with guests and life.

A High Wind in Jamaica

Richard Hughes

Considered the precursor of Lord of the Flies, Hughes's account of what happens to the Victorian children of a Jamaica planter who fall into the hands of pirates remains shocking, not only for its casual cruelty, but especially for its acknowledgement that children can be calculating, murderous and cold.