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The Crossing

Andrew Miller

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the author of the Costa Book of the Year PURE, a hynoptic, luminous exploration of buried grief and the mysterious workings of the heart.

She is sailing. She is alone. Ahead of her is the world's curve and beyond that, everything else. The known, the imagined, the imagined known.

Who else has entered Tim's life the way Maud did? This young woman who fell past him, lay seemingly dead on the ground, then stood and walked. That was where it all began.

As magnetic as she is inscrutable, Maud defies expectations and evades explanation - a daughter, girlfriend and mother who, in the wake of a tragedy, embarks on a dangerous voyage across the Atlantic, not knowing where it will lead . . .

By the Costa Award-winning author of PURE, this is a viscerally honest, hypnotic portrait of modern love and motherhood, the lure of the sea and the ultimate unknowability of others. This pitch-perfect novel confirms Andrew Miller's position as one of the finest writers of his generation.

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Praise for The Crossing

  • The writing throughout is crystalline, uncontrived, striking and intelligent. - Literary Review

  • Miller generates dynamic comedy and drama from juxtaposing the earthy, bodily realities of the Enlightenment against lofty aspirations of reason and progress. It's engrossing historical fiction. - The Saturday Age, Melbourne

  • His recreation of pre-Revolutionary Paris is extraordinarily vivid and imaginative, and his story is so gripping that you'll put your life on hold to finish it. - The Times

  • *PRAISE FOR ANDREW MILLER* 'His writing is vivid, precise and constantly surprising . . . It reads easily, suspends life until it is read and is a source of wonder and delight' - Sunday Times

  • A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts - Independent on Sunday


  • Pure is a near-faultless thing: detailed, symbolic and richly evocative of a time, place and man in dangerous flux. It is brilliance distilled - Sunday Telegraph

  • Part relationship study, part sailing yarn, this odd yet enthralling book lingers long in the mind. - Books of the Year, Financial Times

  • Told in his usual exquisite prose, the story centres on th

  • Visceral and exquisitely written . . . few characters are so neutrally, impassively masterful. In her silence she is magnificent . . . the grand solitude of the sea passage, dialogue-free and with a punchy simplicity reminiscent of Hemingway, follows on beautifully from the judgment of those on land . . . Miller, wisely, hardly analyses Maud. But the portrayal of this practical, disconcerting figure is wildly emotional ***** - The Lady

  • We readers have a most fabulous time . . . The story of Tim's narcissism, self-deception and deception, and of the chiming treacheries of his friends and family, is rich and delicate enough to have sufficed for most contemporary novels...[the finale] guarantees that Maud, and questions about Maud, will linger in your mind long after you close this remarkable novel - Guardian

  • Achieves a kind of hallucinatory strangeness, simultaneously intriguing and disturbing - Spectator

  • Hypnotic . . . Andrew Miller has a poet's ear but he can also write white-knuckle passages that will leave you winded by towering waves. Most surprising of all, you'll find yourself rooting forMaud as she confronts the limits of her own detachment - Mail on Sunday

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Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller's first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and greeted as the debut of an outstanding new writer. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign novel published in Italy.

It was followed by Casanova, then Oxygen, which was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award in 2001, The Optimists, and One Morning Like A Bird. In 2011, his sixth novel, Pure, was published to great acclaim and went on to win the Costa Book of the Year Award.

Andrew Miller's novels have been translated into thirty languages. Born in Bristol in 1960, he has lived in Spain, Japan, France and Ireland, and currently lives in Somerset.