A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.
Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.
Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.
About the Authors
Richard Fidler presents CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER, an in-depth, up close and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. He's interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world. The program is the most popular podcast in Australia, with over a million downloaded programs every month. Richard is the author of the best-selling book Ghost Empire.
Kári Gíslason is a memoirist, travel writer and creative writing teacher who lectures in creative writing and literary studies at QUT. He is the author of The Promise of Iceland and The Ash Burner.
Praise for Fidler & Gislason
'We already know Fidler is an interviewer of great empathy, now we know he mirrors that skill on the page, too.' – Andrew McMillan, The Australian
'Kári's descriptions of Iceland are so beautiful that one is tempted to pack up and go there.' – Bev Blaauw, Cairns Post