A hauntingly powerful new novel from the award-winning Claire North - one of the most original voices in modern fiction
From the award-winning and bestselling author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K comes a hauntingly powerful new novel about how the choices we make can stay with us for ever . . . South Africa in the 1880s. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. He's guilt-struck, but too cowardly to stand up against this act. And as the child dies, his mother curses William.
William begins to understand what the curse means when the shadow of the dead boy starts following him across the world. It never stops, never rests. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die.
Gripping, moving and utterly thought-provoking, Claire North's stunning new novel proves again that she is one of the most original and innovative voices in modern fiction.
Praise for Claire North:
'Poignant and intensely gripping' Guardian
'Little short of a masterpiece' Independent
'Ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache' Sunday Times
'One of the fiction highlights of the decade' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
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.