Sally Magnusson

Raised in Glasgow, Sally Magnusson is a Scottish writer and broadcaster. She began her career at The Scotsman before moving to the BBC, notably as a long-serving presenter of BBC Scotland’s Reporting Scotland news programme. She has worked on a range of programmes, including BBC Breakfast Time, BBC 2’s The Daily Politics, Panorama and Songs of Praise. She is the founder and chair of Playlist for Life, a charity that encourages access to personalised music on iPods for people with dementia.

In 2009 Sally received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University. Her memoir of her mother’s dementia, Where Memories Go, won her the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing in 2014 as well as being shortlisted for the Saltire Literary Book of the Year award.

Sally’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sallymag1

Sally Magnusson is represented at Jenny Brown Associates by Jenny. For all enquiries contact jenny@jennybrownassociates.com

The Sealwoman’s Gift
Sally Magnusson - The Sealwoman's Gift

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.

Praise for The Sealwoman’s Gift
‘A remarkable feat of imagination… I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure’ – Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
A Zoe Ball ITV Book Club Pick

‘Sally Magnusson has taken an amazing true event and created a brilliant first novel. It’s an epic journey in every sense: although it’s historical, it’s incredibly relevant ot our world today. We had to pick it’ Zoe Ball Book Club

‘A remarkable feat of imagination … I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure’ Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
‘A powerful tale of Barbary pirates … richly imagined.’ Sunday Times
‘Engrossing’ Sunday Express ‘Fascinating … a really, really good read’ BBC R2 Book Club
‘The best sort of historical novel’ Scotsman ‘A lyrical tale’ Stylist
‘A poetic retelling of Icelandic history’ Daily Mail ‘Compelling stuff’ Good Housekeeping
‘An extraordinarily immersive read … examining themes of motherhood, identity, exile and freedom’ Guardian