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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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  • 12-01-20

Slow it down!

I did love this book, I thought it was a clever idea and the anecdotal sea themes were really interesting. The narration is beautiful and melodic, but the pacing just threw out some of my enjoyment, The reading hurried from one paragraph to the next, barely breaking pace between chapters and even parts. The subject and chapter changed sometimes, before I even realised. This is a book that should be savoured, but the speed of reading did detract from my overall enjoyment,