The Tenth Gift, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Jane Johnson's "The Tenth Gift" is an wonderfully escapist page-turner set in seventeenth century Cornwall and Morocco,based on spine-tinglingly shocking historical fact, with a romantic hidden love story at its heart.

His parting gift to her was a new beginning...Julia Lovat walks away from her seven-year affair with Michael with a broken heart and a book of secrets.

Her book tells the true story of Cat Treganna, kidnapped by Barbary pirates and sold into slavery in Morocco four hundred years ago.

When Julia travels to Morocco to discover Cat's fate, she is quickly lost in an exotic and vibrant land.

Yet her guide is Idriss, a man so charismatic and beguiling that their meeting feels like destiny. And so, in the heat and dust, two love stories, separated by four centuries, entwine and blossom..."The Tenth Gift" is an enthralling story of secrets and discovering love where you least expect it. "I really couldn't put it down. Exciting and romantic (oh so romantic!) and there is so much suspense.

The descriptions are fabulous". (Barbara Erskine). "Wildly yet convincingly romantic ...a sensitive portrayal of Muslim culture and a delectable adventure of the heart". ("USA Today"). "An unashamedly escapist page-turner that will be enjoyed by fans of Kate Mosse and Philippa Gregory". ("Daily Mail"). "An atmospheric and hugely romantic adventure story". ("Marie Claire"). Jane Johnson was raised in Cornwall but now lives for half the year in a remote mountain village in Morocco.

She is the author of "The Tenth Gift", "The Salt Road" and "The Sultan's Wife".

She has been involved in the book industry for many years and combines her work as a publisher with writing for both adults and children.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780141033419



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This is a book about many things: two women - one living now and one who lived in the early 17th century, embroidery, slavery, corsairs, Islam, Cornwall, Morocco. The romantic stories of Julia Lovett (21st century) and Catherine Ann Treggena (17th century) and how they were linked did not really excite me much. What did excite me was the amazing picture of life in rural Cornwall 500yrs ago, and the sights smells and sounds of Morocco then and now, Jane Johnson has a real knack of conjuring up the place and the time. She has researched the background subjects meticulously and put together an intriguing tale. I learnt a great deal from reading the book, and have subsequently followed up on some of the books Johnson includes in a list of recommended reading at the end. For some reason, the corsair raids on Cornwall and Devon during the 17th Century and their ability to capture and enslave English men women and children seems to have become a forgotten part of British history. 1,000,000 white slaves taken to North Africa is extraordinary, we are all taught about the black slave trade but this area seems to have been air-brushed out of the picture.

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