A compelling novel of discovery, loves lost and a deception that spanned a lifetime ... inspired by true events.
1897: As explorers and scientists scramble to conquer the North Pole, Nils Strindberg, with fellow adventurers S. A. Andr e and Knut Fr nkel, takes up the challenge. Setting flight in a hydrogen balloon, Nils leaves his fianc e Anna and his brother Erik behind in Stockholm anxiously hoping for his return.
1930: When the men's remains are discovered on the frozen island of Kvit ya, the news makes headlines around the world. Brash young journalist Knut Stubbendorff is sent to report from the site and uncovers, among the debris, journals filled with love letters from Nils to Anna. Wanting to know more about the man who left his love to embark on a journey that was doomed from the start, Stubbendorff is determined to find her. . . but Anna doesn t want to be found.
In a search that uncovers lost loves, deceit and long-buried secrets, Stubbendorff discovers a story that has stayed hidden for decades and the people who have been concealing it.
About the Author
Jenny Bond was born in Sydney, Australia, and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education at Macquarie University. Prior to her reinvention as a writer, Jenny held the position of Head of English at Eaton House The Manor in London's Clapham. She also taught English and Drama for eight years at a selective high school in Sydney.
Jenny has two young sons and currently lives with her husband in Canberra, Australia. Her second book, THE PRESIDENT'S LUNCH, will be published in September 2014.
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Comments about Perfect North:
I have been looking for a new author whose work I can fall in love with. I like the idea of supporting an Australian author but was not overly interested in specifically Australian stories. This book hit the mark in every way possible.
It's a beautiful piece of writing but not too highbrow. The story, set in Sweden as well as smaller parts in the UK and USA, is one of adventure, love, loss and mystery - but I won't give away any of its several twists.
Actually, the true part of the story is fascinating, but the entire novel is an unbelievably intricate and well-planned tale.
I have read that Jenny Bond has another work of historical fiction due out in 2014 and it'll certainly be on my list of must-reads. She has a lovely way with words but, best of all, she's a hell of a storyteller! Look out, Hilary Mantel.
This debut novel is based on a true story so tragically romantic you couldn't make it up. - Who WeeklyHugely enjoyable - Australian Women's WeeklyA gripping tale - Good Reading magazine
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 24th September 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 15.8 x 23.2 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1