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The North Water : Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize - Ian Mcguire

The North Water

Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize

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A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this violent, filthy, ill-fated voyage.

In India during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he'd find respite on the Volunteer, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act. 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.

About the Author

Ian McGuire grew up near Hull and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia, USA. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. His stories have been published in the Chicago Review, Paris Review and elsewhere, and his first novel was Incredible Bodies. The North Water is his second novel.

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    Masterful detail.

     
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        One of the best books i've read in recent years. Dark, gruesome but ultimately compelling. Very strong narrative and vivid characters. Highly recommended

         
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          Good action story with a lot of pain and suffering. Perhaps more a book for the gents, lots of course language and imagery.Keeps the interest, got rave reviews on our Book club TV show.

           
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              One of the best books I've read this year. Gruesome, bloody, some of the worst characters I've encountered but so well written that you can't put it down.

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              'A stunning achievement, by turns great fun and shocking, thrilling and provocative. Behold: one of the finest books of the year.' James Kidd, Independent

              'McGuire delivers one bravura set-piece after another...The North Water has, in places, a Conrad-Melville undercurrent, but for the most part it is Dickens's influence that is most keenly felt ... This is a stunning novel, one that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until its bitter end.' Financial Times

              'Horrifically gripping. Such fine writing might have been lifted from the pages of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.' Independent on Sunday

              'Terrific, seamed with pitch black humour and possessed of a momentum that's kept up to the final, unexpected but resoundingly satisfying scene...Inspired.' Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

              'As a storyteller, McGuire has a sure and unwavering touch, and he has engineered a superbly compelling suspense narrative ... As a stylist, too, McGuire is never less than assured ... a writer of exceptional craft and confidence.' Paraic O'Connell, Irish Times

              'Raw and compulsively readable ... think The Revenant for the Arctic Circle.' The Millions on The North Water

              'This book is quite a ride ... The powerful story and the riches of the setting do not romanticise the past.' Erica Wagner, New Statesman

              'The North Water has exceptional power and energy.' Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

              ISBN: 9781471151255
              ISBN-10: 1471151255
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 336
              Published: 1st February 2016
              Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.7
              Weight (kg): 0.44