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Under A Pole Star


Stef Penney 


ISBN 9781786481177


Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve. In 1889, the whaler's daughter from Dundee - dubbed by the press 'The Snow Queen' - sets out to become a scientist and explorer. She struggles to be taken seriously but determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition, despite the many who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men.

Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition, led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When Jakob and Flora's paths cross, it is a fateful meeting.

All three become obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies. Armitage's ruthless desire to be the true leader of polar discovery takes him and his men on a mission whose tragic outcome will reverberate for years to come.

Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siecle New York and London, Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the 'golden age' of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story. It shows that sometimes you have to travel to the furthest edge of the world in order to find your true place in it.

 

The Author

Stef PenneyStef Penney grew up in Edinburgh. She has degrees in Philosophy and Theology and Film and TV, and was selected for the C arlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. She is the author of The Tenderness of Wolves and The Invisible Ones.

 

 

 

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A terrific and beautifully written yarn that will make readers yearn to travel and fall in love in a cold climate. The Times

Penney works hard to fill her canvas with colour and conviction.The Sunday Times

 

Stef Penney’s first novel, The Tenderness Of Wolves, won the Costa Book of the Year Award in 2006 and this no-less-powerful drama is played out against a landscape that dominates her imagination. Daily Mail