Publication Date: 04/05/2021 ISBN: 9780857526809 Category:

Great Circle

Maggie Shipstead

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 04/05/2021 ISBN: 9780857526809 Category:


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A Book of the Year for The Times, Telegraph, Daily Express, New Statesman, Good Housekeeping, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Time, Esquire, The Economist, Oprah Daily and Woman and Home

‘A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern’

‘So beautiful, so daring, so complete’

‘A masterpiece’

A soaring, breathtakingly ambitious novel that weaves together the astonishing lives of a 1950s vanished female aviator and the modern-day Hollywood actress who plays her on screen. For fans of TAYLOR JENKINS REID, WILLIAM BOYD and ANN PATCHETT
From her days as a wild child in prohibition America to the blitz and glitz of wartime London, from the rugged shores of New Zealand to a lonely iceshelf in Antarctica, Marian Graves is driven by a need for freedom and danger.

Determined to live an independent life, she resists the pull of her childhood sweetheart, and burns her way through a suite of glamorous lovers. But it is an obsession with flight that consumes her most.

Now, as she is about to fulfil her greatest ambition, to circumnavigate the globe from pole to pole, Marian crash lands in a perilous wilderness of ice.

Over half a century later, troubled film star Hadley Baxter is drawn inexorably to play the enigmatic pilot on screen. It is a role that will lead her to an unexpected discovery, throwing fresh and spellbinding light on the story of the unknowable Marian Graves.
‘Extraordinary’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Full of adventure, passion and tragedy’ THE TIMES

‘Soars from the very first page’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Luminous, masterful. Glides seamlessly through 20th century history’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Breathtaking’ OBSERVER

‘Impressive and gripping’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Surprising and moving at every turn’ GUARDIAN

‘Audacious and Immersive’ DAILY MAIL

‘Accomplished and ambitious’ FINANCIAL TIMES

Readers love GREAT CIRCLE:
***** What a read! Immense story with beautifully created characters
***** A 600 page turner that you are sad to finish
***** The story is so well researched and planned; historical fiction standing side by side with history itself
***** This is a stunning achievement, my perspective feels fundamentally transformed through reading it
***** A wonderful saga, covering a large chunk of the twentieth century

Publisher Review

This is truly exceptional storytelling, combining a sweeping arc of history with writing that, at sentence level, is near-flawless * BOOKSELLER * Whether Shipstead is creating scenes in the Prohibition-era American West, in wartime London, or on a Hollywood movie set, her research is invisible, allowing a fully immersive experience. Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines-but it never falls from the sky. * KIRKUS * Books to look forward to in 2021 * GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, NEW STATESMAN * Transcendent … A rolling, roiling epic … Through the interwoven stories of impetuous flyer Marian Graves and flavor-of-the-month actress Hadley Baxter, Shipstead ponders the motivating forces behind acts of daring defiance, self-fulfilment and self-destruction. An ambitious, soaring saga. * BOOKLIST * Underpinning it all is a reverence for nature, thrumming in the forests of Montana, the jagged peaks of Alaska and the stupefying ice shelves of the Antarctic. Exhilarating, masterful depictions … invites readers to contemplate both magnitude and majesty * BOOKPAGE [Starred review] * Luminous, masterful … glides seamlessly through the 20th century immersing the reader. Tremendously written. * TELEGRAPH * Impressive and gripping * SUNDAY TIMES *

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