The North Water

The North Water

One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year

National Bestseller

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the RSL Encore Award

Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Named a Best Book of the Year by Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, New Statesman, Publishers Weekly, and Chicago Public Library

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer… (more)

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Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


Ian McGuire not only plots his story with great skill, he has a wonderful ability to recreate 19th-century language so that there is no sense of dissonance or cod English. It’s an astonishing feat.

It is a mark of McGuire’s subtlety as a novelist, however, that he leaves this in the shadows while placing at the forefront enough felt life and closely imagined detail to resist any simple categories.

A great white shark of a book — swift, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable.


Book Details  


Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (March 15, 2016)

Collection: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English


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