Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Paperback)Sarah Moss (author)
Acclaimed novelist Sarah Moss's compelling account of living in Iceland with two small children in the year the volcano erupted
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.
By turns meditative and wickedly observant, Sarah Moss's account of her time in Iceland is the adventure of a lifetime with the baggage of a lifetime too.
'Moss is a wry and a very good companion...and her book is as perceptive of the southern English middle-classes, as it is of Icelanders' Kathleen Jamie, Guardian
'A wry, intimate and beautifully-observed portrait of a culture both alien and familiar. Sarah Moss's account of her Icelandic sojourn is a vicarious treat' Philip Marsden
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
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
Moss is a wry and a very good companion... and her book is as perceptive of the southern English middle-classes, as it is of Icelanders - Kathleen Jamie, Guardian
A wry, intimate and beautifully-observed portrait of a culture both alien and familiar. Sarah Moss's account of her Icelandic sojourn is a vicarious treat - Philip Marsden
Holds an uncompromising mirror up to the British life that she has left behind. Honest, funny, frank, and insightful, it is a reassuring guide to the strangeness of being a stranger. An enviable experience beautifully described - Gavin Francis
[Moss] sheds light on the strangeness of the country for an outsider as well as on the Icelanders' ongoing trauma... Absorbing - Emily Read, Spectator
A thoughtful and moving description of a country - Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller
It is Moss's inquisitive excursions into the real and imagined Icelandic landscapes that enthral the most... engaging [and] expressive - Rob St John, List
This tale perfectly evokes the country's natural splendours, but it's the colourful cast of friends and hangers-on that is so touching - National Geographic Traveller
Moss writes honestly... She mocks her won cultural assumptions drily - Nancy Campbell, Times Literary Supplement
This delightful and appealing book is written in a crisp and insightful style... filled with descriptions of the northern landscape which capture it perfectly... Very funny - We Love This Book
Fantastic and perceptive... Moss is so subtle and skilled at what she does, as careful and precise a prose specialist as you will find, that it hangs together seamlessly and brilliantly - Big Issue
An insightful account of a year in a beguiling but often incomprehensible land of fire and ice... this is a delightful tale with a strong sense of place - Duncan Mills, Traveller
Her wit, like her sensitivity to social matters, is complemented by her astoundingly alert writing about the natural world - Kevin Canfield, Star Tribune
Always illuminating - Washington Post
Beautiful - Travelers Today
A wry memoir about a family who move to Iceland for a year in the aftermath of the financial crash. Moss discovers as much about herself as she does the Icelanders she writes about. - Destination books this summer, Elle
A wonderful, meditative and informative introduction to a country that's both progressive and steeped in more myths, legends and sagas than any other... All Icelandic life is here - New European
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