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The Sealwoman's Gift

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
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 story telling 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.

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
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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)
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift: the Zoe Ball book club novel of 17th century Iceland
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
ISBN: 1-4736-3898-4 / 978-1-4736-3898-3 (UK edition)
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift: the extraordinary book club novel of 17th century Iceland
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
ISBN: 1-4736-3896-8 / 978-1-4736-3896-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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July 2018 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Sealwoman's Gift
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
ISBN: 1-4450-7387-0 / 978-1-4450-7387-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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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)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift
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February 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
Publisher: Two Roads
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February 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
Publisher: Two Roads
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February 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Sealwoman's Gift: the Zoe Ball book club novel of 17th century Iceland
Author(s): Sally Magnusson
Publisher: Two Roads
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU