The North Water (Paperback)
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

The 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.

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

'Behold: one of the finest books of the year' - Independent

'Full of twists, turns, Victorian period detail and strong characters' - The Times

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471151262
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A stunning novel that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until its bitter end' -- Financial Times
'A novel that takes us to the limits of flesh and blood. Utterly convincing and compelling, remorselessly vivid and insidiously witty.' -- Martin Amis
'Horrifically gripping' -- Independent on Sunday
'Full of twists, turns, period detail and strong characters' -- The Times
'The North Water has exceptional power and energy' -- Sunday Times
'Terrific - seamed with pitch-black humour and possessed of a momentum that's kept up to the final scene' -- Daily Mail
'A superbly compelling suspense narrative' -- Irish Times

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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

Hardback edition
18th January 2016
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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

Hardback edition
17th December 2015
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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

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
16th January 2017
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