Great Circle

By Maggie Shipstead

£16.99

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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LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021

‘A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern’ STYLIST
‘An amazing literary feat’ CURTIS SITTENFELD

‘A masterpiece’ NIGELLA LAWSON

Two extraordinary women’s lives intersect across continents and history – a female aviator whose plane vanishes while attempting to fly the globe in the 1950s and the disgraced actress who plays her on screen in modern-day Hollywood. For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, William Boyd and Ann Patchett. Discover the New York Times instant bestseller
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I WAS BORN TO BE A WANDERER

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 the great circle flight, circumnavigating the globe. It is Marian’s life dream and her final journey, before she disappears without a trace.

Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a scandal-ridden Hollywood actress whose own parents perished in a plane crash is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to uncover the real mystery behind the vanished pilot.
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Extraordinary’ NEW YORK TIMES
‘A masterpiece’ NIGELLA LAWSON
‘One of the most hotly anticipated books of the spring’ MARIELLA FROSTRUP
‘Luminous, masterful. Glides seamlessly through 20th century history’ TELEGRAPH
‘A soaring epic of female adventure and wanderlust’ GUARDIAN

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Weight 0.798 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

608

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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Great Circle

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