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Sally Magnusson, New Dad cinema Confession, Fern Britton

Author Sally Magnusson joins Simon for the Radio 2 Book Club to discuss her new novel, The Sealwoman's Gift. Plus Fern Britton chats about Quick Reads.

Simon welcomes author Sally Magnusson to the Radio 2 Book Club to discuss her new novel, The Sealwoman's Gift. We'll also hear what our listener reviewers thought of the book.

The Sealwoman's Gift is about the eternal power of storytelling to help us survive. 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 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.

We'll also unleash a brand new Confession and play some of your Oldie suggestions. Plus, Matt Williams will have the latest sport and Bobbie Pryor will keep us up-to-date with the travel.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Last on

Mon 19 Feb 2018 17:05

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    Till I'm Done

    • The Architect.
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  • Billy Swan

    I Can Help

    • Single - Monument MNT 2752.
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    Face To Face (feat. Elton John)

    • (CD Single).
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    • 001.
  • Pretenders

    I'll Stand By You

    • The Love Album (CD 2) (Various Artist.
    • Virgin.
  • Pete Tong & Heritage Orchestra

    Killer (feat. Seal)

    • Ibiza Classics.
    • UMC.
  • Hootie & the Blowfish

    Hold My Hand

    • F1 Rock (Various Artists).
    • Telstar.
  • Status Quo

    Down Down

    • Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

    It's A Beautiful World

    • Who Built The Moon?.
    • Sour Mash.
  • Four Tops

    Reach Out I'll Be There

    • No Greater Love (Various Artists).
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Stereophonics

    Taken A Tumble

    • Scream Above The Sounds.
    • Parlophone.
  • Bill Withers

    Lean On Me

    • Nightlife II (Various Artists).
    • Solitaire Collection.
  • Lonnie Donegan

    My Old Man's a Dustman

    • 60's Number Ones Vol 1.
    • Old Gold.
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    • Dua Lipa.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Otis Redding

    Love Man

    • Legends Of Soul - The Very Best Of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding.
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  • Mon 19 Feb 2018 17:05