Sealwoman’s Gift: the extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland Sally Magnusson



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REMARKABLE Sarah Perry | EXTRAORDINARILY IMMERSIVE Guardian | EPIC Zoe Ball Book Club | A REALLY, REALLY GOOD READ BBC R2 Book Club | LYRICAL Stylist | POETIC Daily Mail 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 pastors 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 Sealwomans Gift speaks across centuries and oceans about loss, love, resilience and redemption. SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN | THE BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD | THE MCKITTERICK PRIZE | THE PAUL TORDAY MEMORIAL PRIZE | THE WAVERTON GOOD READ AWARD | A ZOE BALL ITV BOOK CLUB PICK Sally Magnusson has taken an amazing true event and created a brilliant first novel. Its an epic journey in every sense: although its historical, its incredibly relevant to our world today. We had to pick it Zoe Ball Book Club Richly imagined and energetically told Sunday Times The best sort of historical novel Scotsman Compelling Good Housekeeping 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 *And Sally Magnussons second novel, The Ninth Child, publishes March 2020 – available to pre-order now*

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