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Salt on Your Tongue

Women and the Sea
Narrated by: Jessica Hardwick
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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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 trawlers, swimmers, sea birds and mermaids.

In mesmerising prose, Charlotte Runcie explores 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.

©2019 Charlotte Runcie (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • Blair
  • 08-17-19

Utterly gorgeous

I don’t have enough words to explain this novel. The writing is magnificent. The audio is great. It’s just perfect in every way and I listen to it over and over and feel calm and so at home with the ocean and Edinburgh. A place I have been missing so desperately and need to return home to one day