The North Water (Hardback)
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The North Water (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages
Published: 11/02/2016

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

‘Behold the man’

Hull, 1859, a whaling ship sits in harbour waiting to set sail for the Arctic. Amongst its crew is Henry Drax; a drunk, brutal harpoonist with an extraordinary and shocking capacity for mindless violence and sexual depravity. He is joined by Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon whose experiences during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 have left him scarred mentally and physically with a powerful addiction to opiates. He is a man with nothing left to lose and precious few options open to him.

As the true purposes of the expedition become clear, the confrontation between the two men plays out in the freezing darkness of an Arctic winter.

This stunning powerhouse of a novel, which resonates with echoes of Melville and Dickens, draws the reader inexorably down, down and further down into the nature of man in the utmost hinterland of the inhabited world. Dark, biting, brutal and vital, this is an unforgettable account of natural savagery in all its forms, red in tooth and claw.

‘This is a stunning novel, one that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until its bitter end.’ Financial Times

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471151248
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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“As bone chilling tale on board a whaling ship and is as chilling as the Arctic waters. Ian McGuire has written a classic tale”

The setting for Ian McGuire’s second novel is aboard the 19th - Century Yorkshire based whaling ship Volunteer but something is not right. On board is the usual mix of whalers but also on board for the first time is... More

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“A Compelling Story Of Endurance”

A nineteenth century whaling expedition to the Arctic - among the crew, a disgraced Irish surgeon, a captain intent on insurance fraud and a serial killer. That makes it sound rather more commercially-focused than it... More

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Emily at Lancaster King Street

“Moby Dick meets The Revenant”

Thanks to Claire at Simon and Schuster for the review copy.

Moby Dick meets The Revenant. That's the best way I can think of to describe this haunting tale of murder, depravity, and survival. It's as bleak... More

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