Charlotte Runcie’s debut novel explores the effect that the Scottish seaside has had on her life, spanning from child to adulthood, and how the loss of her grandmother and the addition of a baby to her life have only exacerbated the pull she feels to the sea and the natural wonders that surround it.
Runcie is a journalist, but her poetic prose captures the changes in her life and the leap into motherhood in a captivating way.
The author’s retrospection is a true ode to the sea, but also to the women who find themselves drawn to the water and to the creatures that make it their home.
Through Runcie’s unexpected pregnancy she comes to realise that her love for the sea does not stem from ‘being British’ as she had once imagined.
Instead, it is because ‘The call of the sea is the call to the absolute strength of women, telling their stories and making music of beauty and
Salt on your Tongue: Women and the Sea, by Charlotte Runcie, published by Canongate, £14.99