ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: June 12, 2018
The Sealwoman’s Gift: the extraordinary BBC2 Book Club novel of 17th century Iceland
By (author) Sally Magnusson
‘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 Housekeeping1627. 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 witty, The Sealwoman’s Gift speaks across centuries and oceans about loss, love, resilience and redemption.’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
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.