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The North Water

The North Water 1

by Ian McGuire

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/02/2016

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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.

ISBN:
9781471151255
9781471151255
Category:
Historical Fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-02-2016
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (mm):
233x155mm
Weight:
0.42kg
Ian McGuire

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.

He is the author of Incredible Bodies (2006) and, most recently, the acclaimed The North Water.

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  • The North Water.

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    Grittily well-written with tension, contextual violence and some horrific (but relevant) subject-matter. The ending was conveniently trite and to me, was a discordant note that made all the events that preceded it less enjoyable.