A hauntingly powerful new novel from the award-winning Claire North - one of the most original voices in modern fiction
'I was cursed in Natal, in 1884. I stood by as a boy was beaten to death by a mob. His mother cursed us all by truth and by blood, but the shadow took to me, and we have been together since.'
The Pursuit of William Abbey is the extraordinary story of an English doctor cursed by the mother of a dying boy. Exploring themes of colonialism and guilt, Claire North's moving, thought-provoking and utterly gripping 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
North's talent shines out
Claire North is a true original, a master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination
North is an original and even dazzling writer
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 was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The 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 latest novel, 84K, received widespread critical acclaim and was described by bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel as 'an eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece'. She lives in London.