The Sealwoman's GiftSally Magnusson is a Scottish author and broadcaster. After focussing on journalism and non-fiction, she has moved into fiction with the publication in February 2018 of her debut novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift.

‘Moving, accomplished … Richly imagined and energetically told, The Sealwoman’s Gift is a powerful tale of loss and endurance.’ (Sunday Times)

‘An extraordinarily immersive read that emphasises the power of stories, examining themes of motherhood, identity, exile and freedom.’ (Guardian)

‘An enthralling mixture of recovered history and the imagining of lost lives … this is the best sort of historical novel.’ (Scotsman)

‘Magnusson has found in the silences of the historical record the space for a novel that moves gracefully between what is known and what must be imagined…Much of the pleasure of reading The Sealwoman’s Gift is that of a good yarn well told.’ ( The Times Literary Supplement)

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Tuesday 6th March

7.30pm          Mainstreet Trading, Main Street, St. Boswells TD6 0AT

Wednesday 7 March

8pm                Topping & Co,  St Andrews

Sunday 18th March

4.45pm          Aye Write Festival,  The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 24 March            

Essex Book Festival, Wickford Library, Market Road, Wickford, SS12 0AG

Saturday 7th April

  Atkinson Pryce Literary Lunch, The Elphinstone Hotel, 145 High St, Biggar ML12 6DL

Saturday 5 May                                                       

Hexham Book Festival

Sunday 6 May

Boswell Book Festival,  Dumfries House, Ayrshire

Saturday 19th May

Edinburgh International Book Festival On The Road.    Venue: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Saturday 16th June

Borders Book Festival, Melrose

Saturday 8th September

Gladfest, Wales

Saturday 15th September

Spirit of Moray Festival, Elgin

Saturday 10th November

Mallaig Book Festival

Saturday 24th November

Cove and Kilcregan Book Festival