Under A Pole Star (Paperback)
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Published: 10/08/2017
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Book Awards Novel Award
From the author of the Costa Book Award winning The Tenderness of Wolves.

It is 1948. The woman dubbed as the ‘Snow Queen’ – in reality elderly explorer Flora Mackie - is en route to the Arctic Circle, seemingly involved in an elaborate publicity stunt. This is, however, more than an exploration into the Arctoc Interior: this is an exploration into the mysteries of her own past.
In Under a Pole Star, Stef Penny deploys her magestrial command of language and place to chart a life lived absolutely on the edge. At the novel’s heart is Flora’s all-consuming love for explorer and rival Jakob de Beyn, a man who will ultimately reap the terrible consequence of his own ambition.

Passionately evoking the golden age of exploration and the longing of two people destined to be both together and driven apart, Under  a Pole Star captures the essence of yearning, discovery and terrible fate.

"It is a tribute to Penney’s superlative descriptive skills that the book’s erotic charge is so startlingly effective, and that her icy landscapes cast such a lasting, almost hallucinatory spell." - The Guardian

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781786481191
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 197 x 142 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Penney works hard to fill her canvas with colour and conviction - Sunday Times

A terrific and beautifully written yarn that will make readers yearn to travel and fall in love in a cold climate - The Times

It is a tribute to Penney's superlative descriptive skills that the book's erotic charge is so startlingly effective, and that her icy landscapes cast such a lasting, almost hallucinatory spell. This combination is the true rocket fuel of Under a Pole Star, and what makes it resonate long after the Snow Queen has divulged her long-held secret - Guardian

Curl up with this stunningly evocative tale about an intrepid young female explorer. As immersive as it is mesmerising, this is a novel that you won't ever forget - Heat

This . . . powerful drama is played out against a landscape that dominates [Penney's] imagination - Daily Mail

A beautifully written tale, elegant and well-observed, full of powerful descriptions of a dazzling landscape - Sunday Express

This is an epic love story set against the forbidding beauty of snow meadows. A perfect winter read - Red Magazine

What has marked Penney out from the start is her ability to make her extensive historical research come alive - Sunday Herald

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“Love in Arctic climate....”

First of all I'd like say that the stark beauty of the Arctic, it's remote, cold unfriendly and also tender beauty is so greatly described in the pages that, this book can literally transports you to that... More

Hardback edition
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“You'll need a cosy blanket for this one!”

Having a keen interest in the polar extremes, I was excited to give this a read and Penney's descriptions of the Arctic landscape do not disappoint. She shows there is far more to the northern ice cap than a mere... More

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“Stunning Backdrop”

I love stories where characters are pitted against extreme weathers so I was keen to get my mittens on this and hunker down with some brandy & Kendall's Mint Cake (courtesy of Quercus thank you very much)... More

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