The North Water

A Novel

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Publisher Description

Now an AMC+ original miniseries event starring Colin Farrell and Jack O'Connell! A nineteenth-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

One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year, and named a Best Book of the Year by The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Publishers Weekly, and The Chicago Public Library


Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich 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 sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

In India, during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which man can stoop. He had hoped to find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but rest proves impossible with Drax on board. The discovery of something evil in the hold rouses Sumner to action. And as the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter, the fateful question arises: who will survive until spring?

With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, Ian McGuire's The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

National Bestseller

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the RSL Encore Award

Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
March 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
1.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Rika1974 ,

Intense and vivid

Gets better with every turn of each page. Goes deep showing how very foul men can be. Great story

cdarwin ,

Patrick Sumner.

Patrick Sumner joins a long list of literary characters that will be forever etched into my memory. The casting of Jack O Connell in the mini series was pure genius. Mc Guire evokes Dickens and Melville in his writing style, transporting the reader to another time. And the bear....😢

SeasonedListener ,

Beautifully gruesome

The author carefully weaves a story with exquisite wording presenting 18th century whaling life in undiluted brutality. When the subject matter turned my stomach the author’s skill kept me reading.

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