* a gripping historical novel...written with considerable style. The Bookseller * the author cleverly interweaves Gutrin's discourse with her innermost thoughts ... the Sea Road will appeal to historian, environmentalists, anthropologists and just ordinary cruising seamen. Cruising * The Sea Road offers a new take on the remarkable early seafaring adventures of the Norwegians, and on the spread of Christianity in the pagan north, and is all the more rewarding for that. The Scotsman * Forget Richard Branson, the audacious female traveller Gudrid of Iceland is the original explorer's explorer ... Elphinstone has written a fine tribute to a woman whose tale is as warm and inviting as a hot spring on a clear winter day. The Times
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"Elphinstone has written a fine tribute to a woman whose tale is as warm and inviting as a hot spring on a clear winter day." The Times
At the edge of the vast ice-fields that dominate her homeland, Gudrid grows up motherless in the male-dominated culture of the Vikings. Her only female influence comes from her devoted foster mother Halldis, a witch, who quickly senses Gudrid's own powerful gifts.
Through her father's friendships, Gudrid becomes inextricably entwined with the family credited with mapping out the sea road to 'Vinland' (North America) - centuries before Columbus ever set sail. This historic voyage is the first leg of an inspiring journey, both physical and spiritual, which takes her beyond the boundaries of the known world.
Elphinstone's feel for character, period and landscape is as spellbinding as her ability to examine issues of universal interest. Astonishingly accurate, historically and archaeologically, Margaret Elphinstone has researched her material meticulously - blending flawlessly this historical fact with flights of wild, extraordinary fancy.
Margaret Elphinstone teaches writing at the University of Strathclyde and has recently won a Scottish Arts Council award. She has lived all over Scotland, from Galway to Shetland and has traveled widely in Iceland, Greenland and the USA.