y The Promise of Iceland single work   autobiography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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'In 1990, at the age of seventeen, Kári Gíslason travelled to Iceland, the land of his birth, and arranged to meet his father. What he found was not what he expected.

Born from a secret liaison between a British mother and an Icelandic father, Kári moved regularly between Iceland, England and Australia. He grew up aware of who his father was, but understood his mother had promised never to reveal his father's identity. It was a promise his father was to also elicit from him when they met.

A decade later, Kári made the decision to break the promise and he contacted his half-siblings, who knew nothing of his existence. What led him there and what followed makes for a heartfelt and riveting journey over landscapes, time and memory, searching for a sense of belonging.

'Their love meant it would always be just me and my mother, a lone parent with a lone child . . . supported with a lone child . . . supported by the promise made to Gíshli, and the promise of Iceland that it offered.'' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: for my mother

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Unbowed, Book Lovers Script Their Own Awards Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2012; (p. 7)
Keeping Local Stories Alive Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28-29 July 2012; (p. 4-5)
Burden of a Secret Son Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 - 7 August 2011; (p. 22)

— Review of The Promise of Iceland Kari Gislason 2011 single work autobiography
Pick of the week Fiona Capp , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 27 August 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of The Promise of Iceland Kari Gislason 2011 single work autobiography
Untitled Penelope Debelle , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 September 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of The Promise of Iceland Kari Gislason 2011 single work autobiography
Letter from Zambia Kari Gislason , 2011-2012 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 11 December - 12 January no. 214 2011-2012; (p. 15)
Burden of a Secret Son Fran Metcalf , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 - 7 August 2011; (p. 22)

— Review of The Promise of Iceland Kari Gislason 2011 single work autobiography
Pick of the week Fiona Capp , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 27 August 2011; (p. 30)

— Review of The Promise of Iceland Kari Gislason 2011 single work autobiography
Untitled Penelope Debelle , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 September 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of The Promise of Iceland Kari Gislason 2011 single work autobiography
Letter from Zambia Kari Gislason , 2011-2012 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , 11 December - 12 January no. 214 2011-2012; (p. 15)
Unbowed, Book Lovers Script Their Own Awards Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2012; (p. 7)
Keeping Local Stories Alive Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28-29 July 2012; (p. 4-5)
Last amended 27 Jul 2012 08:57:25
Subjects:
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    Australia,
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    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
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    Iceland,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1990-2010
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