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The River (Hardback)Peter Heller (author)
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of books and the great outdoors.
The adventure of a lifetime
When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience.
No fellow travellers.
No way of going back.
A hellish ride
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature's destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 30 mm
'The River is both beautifully written, a crisp, ice cold immersion in the glory of the wilderness, and unbearably tense, as peril moves in on Heller's gratifyingly competent explorers, whose deep friendship is tenderly evoked.' - The Observer
'Lyrical and action-packed by turns.' - The Guardian
'Urgent, visceral writing - I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. A beautiful, heartrending exploration of male friendship' - Clare Mackintosh
'Utter joy... A suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair... The real delight is the nature writing. The River is a fiction addition to the New Landscape writing of Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit, prose so vivid and engaging that a city-dwelling reviewer can feel the clammy cold of a fog over a river or the heat of subterranean tree roots burning underfoot in the aftermath of a fire... We can feel the sharpness of the rocks and the trilling excitement of the river as it approaches rapids.' - Denise Mina, The New York Times
'Poetic and unnerving... The River is a slim book - just over 250 pages - but it is full of rushing life and profound consequences. Every move Jack and Wynn make along the river has the chance to kill them or those they're trying to save, and the result is a novel that sweeps you away, each page filled with wonder and awe for a natural world we can quantify with science but can rarely predict with emotion.' - USA Today
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