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.

In this brilliant reimagining, popular author and broadcaster Sally Magnusson gives a voice to Ásta, the pastor’s wife. Steeped in the sagas and folk tales of her northern homeland, the novel is about the eternal power of storytelling to help us survive.

Sally is a Scottish broadcaster and writer. She presents Reporting Scotland for BBC Scotland, as well as Radio 4’s Tracing Your Roots and Songs Of Praise. As a writer, Sally has been widely published, including The Life Of Pee, Dreaming Of Iceland and Horace The Haggis Hunter!

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