A hauntingly powerful new novel from the award-winning Claire North - one of the most original voices in modern fiction
'MESMERIC, TERRIFYING AND WONDERFUL' M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
From the award-winning and bestselling author of THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST and 84K comes a powerful new novel that examines how the choices we make can haunt us forever . . .
South Africa, 1884. William Abbey, an English doctor, watches white colonists lynch a Zulu child. As the boy dies, his mother curses William: wherever he goes, the shadow of her son will follow him. It will never stop, never rest. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die . . .
But to those in power, William's curse might be a blessing, and as the world slides towards war, William must decide what he's willing to sacrifice in order to survive.
Moving, thought-provoking and utterly gripping, Claire North's extraordinary new novel proves again that she is one of the most original and innovative voices in modern fiction.
Praise for Claire North:
'An original and even dazzling writer' Kirkus
'North goes from strength to strength' Guardian
'A master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination' Alex Marwood
'North's writing is terrific, smart and entertaining' Patrick Ness
Mesmeric, terrifying and wonderful. North is practically her own genre at this point.
North's talent shines out
Remarkable . . . one of the most moving, horrifying and gut-wrenching novels of the year - NPR
North's latest once again displays her mastery of lyrical prose . . . The author presents a fascinating testament to humanity's fallibility and tendency towards denial, merged with the potency of truth and the power of love - BOOKLIST
Claire North is a true original, a master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination
Claire North's writing is terrific, smart and entertaining
Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She has fast established herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her follow-up, Touch, was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel, The Sudden Appearance of Hope, won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and The End of the Day was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her 2018 novel 84K received a special citation at the Philip K. Dick Awards, and her latest novel, The Pursuit of William Abbey, has been shortlisted for a Locus award. Claire lives in London.