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Striding into the ocean of motherhood

An affecting new book on women and the sea is beautifully written

By Cal Flyn   April 2019
Vintage illustration of a woman rowing a boat on rough seas

Vintage illustration of a woman rowing a boat on rough seas

Charlotte Runcie’s Salt On Your Tongue is an intriguing first book: a combination of cultural criticism, miscellany and motherhood memoir, it bounds from The Odyssey to sea shanties, from art gallery to labour ward and back again. The progression of her pregnancy is the silver thread that holds the whole work together.

Runcie’s book opens at a troubled time in her life. She is dissatisfied by her career as…

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