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Saga Land: The Island of Stories at the Edge of the World
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Richard Fidler Kari Gislason
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Saga Land: The Island of Stories at the Edge of the World

Richard Fidler Kari Gislason



Travel & holiday


400 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Iceland holds a particular fascination for Fidler, and he first met Gislason as a guest on his radio program. They became firm friends and Fidler learned that the powerful Sagas – sweeping stories of blood and family, feuds and love – are true tales of the medieval Vikings who settled on Iceland. They decide to travel to the places mentioned in the Sagas, but also to try to solve a mystery – is Gislason descended from the greatest Saga writer of them all? An enticing and enchanting read! Lindy Jones


A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gislason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.

These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown. Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago.

They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.

'Wise and unassuming, humorous and remarkably affecting all at the same time, The Promise of Iceland is an enchanting reflection of a fascinating life and a profound exploration of the human condition.' Krysi Egan, Stilts

We already know Fidler is an interviewer of great empathy, now we know he mirrors that skill on the page, too.' Andrew McMillan, The Australian

By:   Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason
Imprint:   ABC
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 45mm
Weight:   768g
ISBN:   9780733338236
ISBN 10:   0733338232
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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