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The Sealwoman


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“Strong feeling, uncompromising frankness” – Marina Warner. On wishing night, a seal slips from her watery domain and assumes human form on a Scottish island, but being human proves to be stranger and more complex than she’d imagined. This is an edgy modern retelling of the classic selkie tale, originally published in The Four Marys, a quartet of contemporary novellas drawing on Celtic history and folklore.

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The Sealwoman

About the author

Jean Rafferty

Jean Rafferty is an acclaimed award-winning journalist who has written on topics ranging from gritty human interest stories about prostitution, to celebrity interviews and humour pieces. Jean has written two non-fiction books about sport, and her first novel was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize. The Four Marys was shortlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015. Jean is Chair of the Scottish PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee.