Great Circle

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From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger. In 1950, she embarks on her life’s dream – to fly a Great Circle around the globe, pole to pole. But after a crash landing she finds herself stranded on the Antarctic ice without enough fuel. With one fearsome piece of water separating her from completion of the Circle, she writes one last entry in her logbook. She is ready for her final journey. Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a brilliant, troubled Hollywood starlet is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the deepest mysteries of the vanished pilot’s life.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
TIME MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern’
STYLIST

‘So beautiful, so daring, so complete’
TAYLOR JENKINS REID

‘A masterpiece’
NIGELLA LAWSON

Luminous, masterful. Glides seamlessly through the 20th century, immersing the reader’
TELEGRAPH, Best Fiction of 2021

‘How deeply we care about each of these people. Extraordinary’
NEW YORK TIMES

Wonderful. Memorable characters and vivid storytelling’
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING MAGAZINE

A tour-de-force’
DAILY EXPRESS

A soaring, breathtakingly ambitious novel that weaves together the astonishing lives of a 1950s vanished female aviator and the modern-day Hollywood actress who plays her on screen.
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From her days as a wild child in prohibition America to the blitz and glitz of wartime London, from the rugged shores of New Zealand to a lonely iceshelf in Antarctica, Marian Graves is driven by a need for freedom and danger.

Determined to live an independent life, she resists the pull of her childhood sweetheart, and burns her way through a suite of glamorous lovers. But it is an obsession with flight that consumes her most.

Now, as she is about to fulfil her greatest ambition, to circumnavigate the globe from pole to pole, Marian crash lands in a perilous wilderness of ice.

Over half a century later, troubled film star Hadley Baxter is drawn inexorably to play the enigmatic pilot on screen. It is a role that will lead her to an unexpected discovery, throwing fresh and spellbinding light on the story of the unknowable Marian Graves.
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Extraordinary’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Full of adventure, passion and tragedy’ THE TIMES

‘Soars from the very first page’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Luminous, masterful. Glides seamlessly through 20th century history’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Breathtaking’ OBSERVER

‘Impressive and gripping’ SUNDAY TIMES

Surprising and moving at every turn’ GUARDIAN

‘Audacious and
Immersive’ DAILY MAIL

Accomplished and ambitious’ FINANCIAL TIMES

Readers love GREAT CIRCLE:
*****
What a read! Immense story with beautifully created characters
***** A 600 page turner that you are sad to finish
***** The story is so well researched and planned; historical fiction standing side by side with history itself
***** This is a stunning achievement, my perspective feels fundamentally transformed through reading it
***** A wonderful saga, covering a large chunk of the twentieth century

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Weight 0.461 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.7 × 2.9 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

672

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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