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The Sealwoman's Gift

(2018)
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'A remarkable feat of imagination ... I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

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.

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. 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
'The best sort of historical novel' Scotsman
'A lyrical tale' Stylist
'A poetic retelling of Icelandic history' Daily Mail
'Compelling stuff' Good Housekeeping
'Icelandic history has been brought to extraordinary life... An accomplished and intelligent novel' Yrsa Siguroardottir, author of Why Did You Lie?
'Vivid and compelling' Adam Nichols, co-translator of The Travels of Reverend Olafur Egilsson

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A remarkable feat of imagination." - Sarah Perry

"Icelandic history has been brought to extraordinary life... An accomplished and intelligent novel." - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir


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February 2018 : UK Hardback

Title: The Sealwoman's Gift: the extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
ISBN: 1-4736-3895-X / 978-1-4736-3895-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift: the Zoe Ball book club novel of 17th century Iceland
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift: the extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland
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ISBN: 1-4736-3896-8 / 978-1-4736-3896-9 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Sealwoman's Gift
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
ISBN: 1-4450-7386-2 / 978-1-4450-7386-6 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Sealwoman's Gift
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ISBN: 1-4450-7387-0 / 978-1-4450-7387-3 (UK edition)
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Author(s): Sally Magnusson
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