The Sealwoman's Gift

Sally Magnusson
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The extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland. 1627. In a notorious historical event, pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted 400 people into slavery in Algiers.

Among them a pastor, his wife, and their children. In her acclaimed debut novel Sally Magnusson imagines what history does not record: the experience of Asta, the pastor's wife, as she faces her losses with the one thing left to her - the stories from home - and forges an ambiguous bond with the man who bought her. Uplifting, moving, and sharply witty, The Sealwoman's Gift speaks across centuries and oceans about loss, love, resilience and redemption.

'Sally Magnusson has taken an amazing true event and created a brilliant first novel. It's an epic journey in every sense: although it's historical, it's incredibly relevant to our world today. We had to pick it' Zoe Ball Book Club

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

'An extraordinarily immersive read ... examining themes of motherhood, identity, exile and freedom' Guardian

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

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ISBN/EAN 9781473638983
Author Sally Magnusson
Publisher John Murray
Imprint Two Roads
Publication date 12 Jun 2018
Format Paperback
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