Names for the Sea | Granta

  • Published: 04/07/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847084163
  • 129x20mm
  • 368 pages

Names for the Sea

Sarah Moss

At the height of the financial crisis in 2009, Sarah Moss and her husband moved with their two small children to Iceland. From their makeshift home among the half-finished skyscrapers of Reykjavik, Moss travels to hillsides of boiling mud and volcanic craters, and the remote farms and fishing villages of the far north. She watches the northern lights and the comings and goings of migratory birds, and as the weeks and months go by, she and her family find new ways to live.

One of the most enjoyable travel books I've read

Helen Rumbelow, The Times

Beautifully written ... Moss grapples with new foods, customs and landscapes that are both oddly familiar and wildly alien in this absorbing memoir

Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

A fascinating and unusual book, a genuine news from nowhere, the gripping account of one person thinking and perceiving for herself

Joanna Kavenna, Literary Review

The Author

SARAH MOSS is the author of eight novels, including Ghost Wall and The Tidal Zone. Her account of her time in Iceland, Names for the Sea, was shortlisted for the 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize and she has three times been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

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