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The Pursuit of William Abbey

The Pursuit of William Abbey

‘MESMERIC, TERRIFYING AND WONDERFUL’ M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts

From the award-winning and bestselling author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K comes a powerful new novel that examines how the choices we make can haunt us forever . . .

South Africa, 1884. William Abbey, an English doctor, watches white colonists lynch a Zulu child. As the boy dies, his mother curses William: wherever he goes, the shadow of her son will follow him. It will never stop, never rest. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die . . .

But to those in power, William’s curse might be a blessing, and as the world slides towards war, William must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to survive.

Moving, thought-provoking and utterly gripping, Claire North’s extraordinary new novel proves again that she is one of the most original and innovative voices in modern fiction.

Praise for Claire North:

‘An original and even dazzling writer’ Kirkus

‘North goes from strength to strength’ Guardian

‘A master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination’ Alex Marwood

‘North’s writing is terrific, smart and entertaining’ Patrick Ness
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 14th November 2019

Price: £18.99

ISBN-13: 9780356507415


North's talent shines out
Claire North is a true original, a master of ingenious plotting and feats of imagination
Alex Marwood, author of THE WICKED GIRLS
Claire North's writing is terrific, smart and entertaining
Patrick Ness
An extraordinary novel that stands with the best of dystopian fiction, with echoes of The Handmaid's Tale
Cory Doctorow on 84K
North is an original and even dazzling writer, and fans of her work will enjoy this grim tale of capitalism taken to a terrifying extreme
Another captivating novel from one of the most intriguing and genre-bending novelists
The truly scary thing about 84K is how convincing this dark, brutal class-divided Britain is
SFX (4 1/2 stars)
North demonstrates skill in creating a terrifying setting that feels rooted to the present day . . . Every aspect of life in Theo's Britain is imbued with a menace that feels both recognizable and urgent, and the decisions the characters make as a result feel uncomfortably real.
Mesmeric, terrifying and wonderful. North is practically her own genre at this point.
M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
North's latest once again displays her mastery of lyrical prose . . . The author presents a fascinating testament to humanity's fallibility and tendency towards denial, merged with the potency of truth and the power of love
Claire North's most ambitious novel to date
Remarkable . . . one of the most moving, horrifying and gut-wrenching novels of the year
A suspenseful tale of the truths that lie hidden in the human heart . . . This is a world-spanning cat-and-mouse chase that tackles big questions about the nature of truth and whether we can ever really know one another or ourselves. True love, life, and death, what's worth dying - or killing - for: It's all here in this gripping, bloody, and haunting novel
In rich, compelling prose, North weaves together the threads of imperial control, ideological conviction, love and the thrill of power . . . A lyrical and sometimes surreal approach to espionage and its thrills