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Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.

‘Ed O’Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel’ Ron Rash
‘A brilliant paean to the obsessions of the polar explorers . . . stupendously good’ Australian
‘Vastly entertaining’ Sunday Times

FROM BOOKER-LONGLISTED ED O’LOUGHLIN: THE PERFECT NOVEL FOR FANS OF AMY SACKVILLE’S THE STILL POINT AND FRANCIS SPUFFORD’S I MAY BE SOME TIME.

It begins with a chance encounter at the top of the world.

Fay Morgan and Nelson Nilsson have each arrived in Inuvik, Canada – 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle – searching for answers about a family member: Nelson for his estranged older brother, Fay for her disappeared grandfather. They soon learn that these two men have an unexpected link – a hidden share in one of the greatest enduring mysteries of polar exploration.

Reviews

The most exciting first novel I have read in many years.
Anne Enright, on Not Untrue and Not Unkind
A simply brilliant debut by an author of great poise and power.
Tim Butcher, on Not Untrue and Not Unkind
Intensely evocative language.
New York Times
A graceful writer.
Guardian
Superb.
The Times
Eloquent and thoughtful.
Times Literary Supplement