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Saga Land  : The island of stories at the edge of the world - Richard Fidler

Saga Land

The island of stories at the edge of the world

Hardcover Published: 23rd October 2017
ISBN: 9780733338236
Number Of Pages: 480

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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


Purchased as a gift.


Purchased as a gift. Not read by me.


Great read if you have been to Iceland!


A good read after going to the places in Iceland dealt with in the book.



Such easy & engrossing reading!


I initially got sucked into buying this because of it's beautiful cover (and I wanted a signed copy!) and I'm so glad I did. TV shows such as Vikings and exposure (mainly through travel photography) to the Iceland's beautiful landscapes have really reinvigorated an interest in the history of Scandinavia and this book does well to make that history even more appealing. It is well written, Gislason's personal story is intriguing and Fidler writes with both wit and class. Loved it - such as easy and enjoyable book to read. And the book itself if beautiful.

Manjimup, WA


Great book


I am very happy with my purchase

Raymond Terrace


Really interesting and a good read


I found this book to be really interesting and a wonderful way to learn more about Iceland, its history and sagas. I enjoyed the approach of part travelogue combined with the sagas of the area being visited, the personal story of Kari, the tales told by Richard and all linked by the story of Snorri Sturluson. Altogether an interesting and most enjoyable read.

Gippsland, Victoria


My Introduction to Iceland


What a wonderful work and a book that I will read again. Knowing nil-all about Iceland I was fascinated with the authors' experiences there, and with the Sagas. The authors cleverly moved the timeline over millions of years. I learned so much from this book and my only disappointment was when I had finished it. Very well done indeed.

Kimberley, WA


Great "toe-dipper"


This book is a very practical way for anyone interested in the Sagas to get a quick, concise idea of them without slogging through the translated - often heavy-going - Sagas like Egil's or the Poetic Sagas. To say I enjoyed this book is an understatement and it has a nice balance of geography, wit, human interest and stories with a little bit of mystery thrown in. I picked it up on a whim - a lifelong interest in anything Viking helped - but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself thoroughly engrossed from the first few pages. The format of each author writing a chapter actually brought it together for me and I enjoyed the feeling of connection I had with both Richard and Kari. The entire book was engaging and very readable and I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in travel, family and Scandinavian history.

Melbourne, Australia


An engaging read.


A great read especially if you have been to Iceland.



Mysteries unravelled


Iceland is one of the most mysterious places on Earth but the authors have given us the stories behind the story. Beautifully written and a beautifully designed book.

Gold Coast


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Great product, no complaints.

melbourne victoria


Saga Land

4.6 10


ISBN: 9780733338236
ISBN-10: 0733338232
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 23rd October 2017
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 16.4  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.77

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