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By Sally Magnusson

'A awesome feat of imagination... I loved and fashionable it in equivalent measure' Sarah Perry, writer of The Essex Serpent

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and kidnapped a few four hundred of its humans, together with 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. one of the captives offered into slavery in Algiers have been the island pastor, his spouse and their 3 youngsters. even if the raid itself is easily documented, little is understood approximately what occurred to the ladies and youngsters afterwards. It used to be a time while girls in all places have been mostly silent.

In this magnificent reimagining, Sally Magnusson provides a voice to Ásta, the pastor's spouse. Enslaved in an alien Arab tradition Ásta meets the lack of either her freedom and her young ones with the only factor she has introduced from domestic: the tales in her head. Steeped within the sagas and folks stories of her northern place of birth, she reveals herself experiencing not only the separations and agonies of captivity, however the reassessments that are available in any age while clever eyes are opened to different lives, different cultures and other forms of loving.

The Sealwoman's Gift is ready the everlasting energy of storytelling to assist us continue to exist. the radical is stuffed with tales - Icelandic ones advised to fend off a slave-owner's advances, Arabian ones to aid an previous guy die. And there are others, too: the tales we inform ourselves to guard our minds from what can't rather be borne, the tales we have to make us happy.

'Icelandic background has been delivered to striking life... An accomplished and clever novel' Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, writer of Why Did You Lie?

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