A compelling, powerful novel of adventure and murder among Antarctic explorers.
In the waning years of the Edwardian era, a group of gentlemen wait out a raging blizzard in the perpetual darkness of the Antarctic winter, poised for a strike at the South Pole. As the storm lifts, a new challenge faces Captain Sir Eugene Stewart - to discover which of his twenty-five carefully chosen men has become a murderer. The quest for adventure has become a quest for justice.
His story is tightly reined: terse, ironic, reflective. His depiction of Edwardian innocence and stuffiness crashing against the Antarctic void is superb - Washington Post
The solution is as astonishing as it is inevitable, the denouement chilling and tragic - Ruth Rendell
The period gives this book its strength and character . . . altogether an admirable accomplishment - New Yorker
The absolute dark, absolute cold of the Antarctic is skilfully evoked - Sunday Times
A powerful and subtle writer . . . a remarkable novel - Spectator
I was riveted by this tale of a man fighting the elements and his fellow explorers - Daily Telegraph
Highly original and deeply moving - Observer
Thomas Keneally, of Irish extraction, was brought up in Australia and still lives in Sydney. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates (which first led him to study nineteenth century American history). Schindler's Ark was later turned into as remarkable a film by Steven Spielberg under the title Schindler's List.