The North Water (Paperback)Ian McGuire (author)
A chilling depiction of the depravity and cruelty of man at the edge of the world, McGuire's bravura period novel set onboard a whaling ship in the dread darkness of an Arctic winter pits two damaged souls against each other in a terrifying battle.
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016The man looks untroubled. This is not yet the moment he is waiting for. This is only a dull but necessary interlude, a pause. The barman picks up a wooden club and creaks up the hinge of the bar.
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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 25 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
“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
“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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