In March 2022, I published my fourth book, The Sorrow Stone, a novel that re-imagines a medieval Icelandic work called The Saga of Gísli.
The Sorrow Stone tells the story of Disa and her son Sindri as they flee from an audacious act of revenge. Disa has stabbed a man in the leg to avenge the murder of her brother. Now, she and her son must survive the bitter cold outside, and the hardships of the Icelandic fjords, to reach safety and shelter.
As they travel, Disa begins to recall the saga of how she has come to be in such peril. A second story, her tale of an intense and destructive relationship with her brothers, forms alongside her escape, and connects her situation now with all that has happened before.
‘This epic tale transported me to another time and place completely.’ - Favel Parret
'In telling her story Disa makes this saga simple and compelling. She shows, too, how in a society where revenge killing was legitimate, and almost a moral imperative, she and other women lived with the deaths of their loved ones and the constant knowledge and fear of reprisals. It is this that underlies the urgency and tension running throughout the book. [...] The Sorrow Stone is a gripping and exciting novel.' Ann Skea, Newtown Review of Books