I chose The Sealwoman's Gift because from its very first sentences, the reader feels themselves staring at impossible horizons, adjusting their ear to unknown bird calls or the strange cadences of new language, breathing different air, and what more can a reader ask for than such immersive transportation.

The Sealwoman's Gift

Novel

Written by Sally Magnusson

Rebecca F. John

Rebecca F. John is a Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and Costa First Novel Award shortlisted writer of long and short form fiction, a committed dog-lady, and obsessive reader. She tweets at @Rebecca_Writer.