Salt On Your Tongue: Women and the Sea (Paperback)
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Salt On Your Tongue: Women and the Sea (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 30/01/2020
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A sublime hymn to the magic and majesty of the waves, Salt on Your Tongue spins a wistful tale of women and their relationship with the sea. Referencing Turner and Shakespeare as well as female members of Runcie’s own family, this is an all-encompassing, ethereal book that will have readers heading for the coast in no time.

Charlotte Runcie has always felt pulled to the sea, lured by its soothing, calming qualities but also enlivened and inspired by its salty wildness.

When she loses her beloved grandmother, and becomes pregnant with her first child, she feels its pull even more intensely. In Salt On Your Tongue Charlotte explores what the sea means to us, and particularly what it has meant to women through the ages.

This book is a walk on the beach with Turner, with Shakespeare, with the Romantic Poets and shanty-singers. It's an ode to our oceans - to the sailors who brave their treacherous waters, to the women who lost their loved ones to the waves, to the creatures that dwell in their depths, to beach combers, swimmers, seabirds and mermaids. In mesmerising prose, Charlotte Runcie shows how the sea has inspired, fascinated and terrified us, and how she herself fell in love with the deep blue.

Navigating through ancient Greek myths, poetry, shipwrecks and Scottish folktales, Salt On Your Tongue is about how the wild untameable waves can help us understand what it means to be human.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786891211
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This motherhood memoir-cum-nature journal about the connection between women and the sea is bracing and poetic ... Throughout, her prose is defined by cool confidence and unshowy clarity, allowing its more poetic observations, of which there are plenty, to glimmer like glass pebbles ... Just like her favourite kind of blustery beach, it's strewn with pocketable treasures' - The Observer 

'Hauntingly captures the whispered wave and wash of the sea and leaves you craving salt, sand, wind, fish n'chips and mushy peas.' - The Times

A very beautiful book about myth and motherhood - a memoir that intertwines effortlessly and poetically with tales of the sea. Salt On Your Tongue has a rare magic to it.' - Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

'A wise and wonderful book, charting intensely personal moments against the constant yet ever-changing sea. A story of birth, loss, memory and motherhood, spliced with vivid observations of the natural world and collected myth, lore and legend, Charlotte Runcie's voice is by turns practical and poetic, objective and beguiling. An utterly immersive read.' - Jess Kidd, author of Himself and The Hoarder

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“Fascinating Tales of the Sea”

Having always lived on the island of Jersey, surrounded by the sea, I was instantly attracted to this book. I love the sound of the sea day or night, whatever the weather, so was keen to read Charlotte Runcie’s... More

Hardback edition
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“Beautiful prose!”

Absolutely beautiful prose which is deep in feeling and knowledge.
This has opened me eyes to the genre of creative non-fiction - a book that explores our relationship with the sea throughout the known world (though... More

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