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Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney

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Also by Stef Penney:

Under a Pole Star, September 2017
Hardcover
The Invisible Ones, December 2012
Paperback
The Invisible Ones, January 2012
Hardcover
The Tenderness of Wolves, March 2008
Paperback
The Tenderness of Wolves, July 2007
Hardcover

Under a Pole Star
Stef Penney

Quercus
September 2017
On Sale: September 1, 2017
608 pages
ISBN: 1681441179
EAN: 9781681441177
Hardcover
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Fiction Adventure | Women's Fiction Historical

A whaler's daughter, Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve and fell in love with the cold and unforgiving terrain. In 1889, she sets out to become a scientist and explorer. Despite those who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men, her determination leads her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition.

Yearning for wider horizons, American geologist Jakob de Beyn joins a rival expedition led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When the path of Flora's expedition meets theirs, the three lives become intertwined. All are 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-siècle 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.

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