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It is August 1616. The whaling ship Heartsease has ventured high into the Arctic, and the crew must return home before the ice closes in. All, that is, save Thomas Cave. He makes a wager that he will remain there alone until next season, though no man has yet been known to have survived a winter this far north. So he is left with provisions, shelter, and a journal - should he not live to tell the tale.
©2007 Georgina Harding (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"A first novel? The shimmering beauty and poise of the writing make that hard to believe....Stoke the fire, roast some chestnuts, and get reading." (The Times)

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  • Ron
  • 15-05-09

Disregard the price tag, use a credit

I'm not quite sure why this book is so expensive, but it is definitely worth a credit. It's beautifully written with an old-school narrative. The writer uses beautiful language and imagery to convey a story of survival and isolation in the most remote part of the world. Battling the elements and his own hallucinations, the story of Thomas Cave is a triumphant tale. The thing I liked the most was that he agreed to spend winter in the Arctic freeze over a bet. That was a nice touch. His daily routine and survival methods are fascinating. I also learned a lot about the whaling industry of old. This book is really well written, and the narrator's accent is an asset to the performance. Perfect to read on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee.

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