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The Sealwoman's Gift: the extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland
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The Sealwoman's Gift: the extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland (Hardback)

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'A remarkable feat of imagination... I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

'An extraordinarily immersive read, that emphasises the power of stories, examining themes of motherhood, identity, exile and freedom ... a journey that not only crosses continents, but encompasses tragedy and rich sensuality' Guardian

'A powerful tale of Barbary pirates ... richly imagined.' Sunday Times

'Engrossing' Sunday Express 'Fascinating ... a really, really good read' BBC R2 Book Club

'The best sort of historical novel.' Scotsman 'A lyrical tale' Stylist

'A poetic retelling of Icelandic history.' Daily Mail 'Compelling stuff' Good Housekeeping



In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.



In this brilliant reimagining, Sally Magnusson gives a voice to Asta, the pastor's wife. Enslaved in an alien Arab culture Asta meets the loss of both her freedom and her children with the one thing she has brought from home: the stories in her head. Steeped in the sagas and folk tales of her northern homeland, she finds herself experiencing not just the separations and agonies of captivity, but the reassessments that come in any age when intelligent eyes are opened to other lives, other cultures and other kinds of loving.



The Sealwoman's Gift is about the eternal power of storytelling to help us survive. The novel is full of stories - Icelandic ones told to fend off a slave-owner's advances, Arabian ones to help an old man die. And there are others, too: the stories we tell ourselves to protect our minds from what cannot otherwise be borne, the stories we need to make us happy.



'Icelandic history has been brought to extraordinary life... An accomplished and intelligent novel' Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of Why Did You Lie?

'Vivid and compelling' Adam Nichols, co-translator of

The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson

Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legends Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 08/02/2018 ISBN-13: 9781473638952  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Broadcaster and journalist Sally Magnusson has written 10 books, most famously, her Sunday Times bestseller, Where Memories Go (2014) about her mother's dementia. Half-Icelandic, half Scottish, Sally has inherited a rich storytelling tradition. The Sealwoman's Gift is her first novel.

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