'Mum said: you can’t do Crimewatch. You’ll be murdered too’: Sally Magnusson on her biggest regret

Sally Magnusson LIKE everyone else, Sally Magnusson is made of stories. The stories her family told her about the hills in Iceland where the elves live. The stories she read to herself when she needed comfort support. the stories she tells others, about regret hope, death dementia, slavery history, about the different kinds of love of which humans are capable. Pretty much these stories, more, turn up in some form in Magnusson’s new novel, a historical epic inspired in part by her Icelandic heritage, passed down from her father, the broadcaster Magnus Magnusson. The novel is also inspired by the true story of 400 Icelanders who were abducted by Turkish pirates in the 17th century taken to Africa to live as slaves – by the idea of story itself how fiction can make fact more bearable. It certainly has in Magnusson’s case. I’m meeting the writer Reporting Scotland presenter to talk about the novel it turns out she’s a little nervous about how it’s to be received. She’s written lots of books in the past – most famously Where Memories Go in which she […]

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