‘A REMARKABLE FEAT OF IMAGINATION’
Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

SALLY MAGNUSSON’S DEBUT NOVEL
OUT NOW IN PAPERBACK AND EBOOK

 

*LONGLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN AWARD*

 

Sealwoman's Gift

A ZOE BALL 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’

 

 

 

 

 

‘From the first, it leaps from the page… I found myself absolutely persuaded by Ásta’s extraordinary journey from the harsh Icelandic coast to the strange and splendid palaces of Algiers. I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure’

Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

‘Icelandic history has been brought to extraordinary life. I was swept up in the story and the vivid plight of people taken away from everything they knew and understood. An accomplished and intelligent novel’

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author of Why Did You Lie?

‘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

‘Richly imagined and energetically told, The Sealwoman’s Gift is a powerful tale of loss and endurance’

Sunday Times

‘Fascinating … a really, really good read’

BBC R2 Book Club

‘Engrossing, atmospheric’

Sunday Express

‘A rich, captivating work’

Mail on Sunday

‘Remarkably accomplished…The true story behind the novel is almost preposterously epic, yet she brings it to life’

The Scotsman

‘A lyrical tale’

Stylist

 

Sealwoman full spread

 

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 witty, The Sealwoman’s Gift speaks across centuries and oceans about loss, love, resilience and redemption.

 

Sally Magnusson copyright Derek PrescottBroadcaster 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.

sallymagnusson.com

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