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Iceland and the Hebrides

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My Roots

by Sally Magnusson

In this illustrated booklet based on a talk given to the Book Trust, Sally Magnusson the well-known journalist and broadcaster reflects on her own Icelandic and Hebridean heritage and the strong if neglected historic links – in both directions - between Iceland and the Hebrides. While it is well known that Lewis and other parts of the Hebrides have many place-names which owe their origin to Norse settlers, the possible influence of Celtic story-telling on the Icelandic sagas and new evidence from DNA analysis suggest that the Hebrides may also have had a profound impact on Icelandic culture.


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