The Sealwoman’s Gift


by Sally Magnusson


‘An extraordinarily immersive read…examining themes of motherhood, identity, exile and freedom’ – The Guardian

‘A remarkable feat of imagination’ – Sarah Perry

‘Richly imagined’The Sunday Times

Paperback: 365 pages

Publisher: Two Roads, an imprint of John Murray Press, 2018

Language: English

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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.


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Dimensions 12.8 × 2.5 × 19.8 cm

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