The Salt Road

The Salt Road

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Jane Johnson's The Salt Road is a magical historical adventure which brings the most unlikely of people together in an epic quest that spans the decades and the hot, shifting sands of Morocco.

'My dear Isabelle, in the attic you will find a box with your name on it.'

Isabelle's archaeologist father dies leaving a puzzle: a mysterious African amulet. But what is it? And why did he want her to have it? On impulse she takes a plane to Morocco to find out.

But has Isabelle's curiosity got the better of her?

Almost killed in an accident which damages the amulet (revealing more of its secrets), she realises she must be careful. But when her rescuer, Taib, who knows the dunes and their peoples, offers to help uncover the amulet's history, she cannot resist uncovering the story of Tin Hanan - She of the Tents - who made a legendary desert crossing alone, and her descendant Mariata.

Across years and over hot, shifting sands, tracking the Salt Road, the stories of Isabelle and Taib, Mariata and her lover, become entangled with that of the lost amulet.

It is a tale of souls wounded by history and of love blossoming on barren ground.

Praise for Jane Johnson:

'An exotic page-turner that links the fates of two women' Woman & Home

'A magical Moroccan adventure . . . unputdownable' She

'An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse' Daily Mail

'Atmospheric and hugely romantic' Marie Claire

Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and worked for many years in London. In 2005 she was in Morocco researching the story of a distant ancestor kidnapped by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery - the basis of her first novel, The Tenth Gift - when a near-fatal climbing accident caused her to rethink her future. She returned home, gave up her office job in London and moved to Morocco - where she found and married her Berber husband. Her third novel, The Sultan's Wife is set in sixteenth century Morocco and England and is published by Penguin.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 288g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141040238
  • 9780141040233
  • 264,120

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Beautifully written, first-class escapism Mail on Sunday
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I finished reading The Salt Road, with its tiny glimpses of your own story, and which I loved. The descriptions were so vivid I wanted to climb into the book * Brian Patten * Atmospheric and a hugely romantic adventure * Marie Claire * Beautifully written, first-class escapism * Mail on Sunday *
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About Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson is a distinguished illustrator of picture books, who was first published in the 1980s, and was runner up for the Mother Goose Award with her first picture book, Sybil and the Blue Rabbit (Earnest Benn/Doubleday). She lived in the USA for 6 years, and was published over there; her most recent publisher in this country has been Jonathon Cape.
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1,552 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 28% (433)
4 39% (611)
3 24% (380)
2 7% (104)
1 2% (24)
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