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Summary

An earthly nourris sits and sings 
And aye she sings,"Ba lilly wean,
Little ken I my bairn's father, 
Far less the land that he staps in.
(Child Ballad, no. 113)  

So begins a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.  

Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there - without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.  

Beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is a stunning and original modern fairy tale.  

Read by David Rintoul.

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©2018 Joanne M Harris (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Not the ending I wanted :-(

This story was rich and well told, the narrator was excellent to the point where I could almost feel the sea spray!
As an animal lover I felt sad at the parts describing hunting whales but I suppose that shows how well it’s written if it can provoke emotion from you.
I found the ending frustrating and not really what I wanted to the point where I was saying “noooooo” at my phone as it played :-(

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Beautiful Storytelling

Really enjoyed this book, I am a big fan of the author. Thought provoking fable of the land and the sea beautifully written.

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Intresting

I don't think Iv'e read a novel by Joanne Harris that I havn't enjoyed.
Always a pleasure and this was no exception.

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Beautiful story of longing and the sea

A wonderful story rooted in old myths but with contemporary relevance, and full of love for the sea and its creatures.

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  • 21-11-18

Bitter fairy tale with and aftertaste of honey

Harris leaves me always in awe. A tale of men and women, of lovers, parents and grudges, of betrayal, lies, and forgiveness.
But above all, beautifully wowen fairy tale with magical creatures and epic journeys, ordinary people growing to become extraordinary.

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  • T. Craig
  • 10-06-21

First read of a book by Joanne Harris...won’t be my last!

The level of fantasy and adventure was great! I’ve recently been reading the classics and needed a story to break up the old English and lengthy novels...The Blue Salt Road did that for me. I enjoy the legend and stories about the ocean and the far North always intrigue me. I will be reading more by Joanne Harris

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  • Tyrone
  • 25-11-18

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I found it difficult to listen to the book when the narrator whispered. Other than that I loved the story and the narrator was good also.