Maggie Shipstead Great Circle: Longlisted For The Booker Prize 2021

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Instant New York Times bestseller.

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 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.

An enthralling journey over oceans and continents and a drama of exhilarating power, `Great Circle is perfect for book clubs and fans of William Boyd and Donna Tartt.

About the Author

Maggie Shipstead's debut novel Seating Arrangements was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and L A Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller, The Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a two- time National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. Her second novel is the critically acclaimed Astonish Me. Her latest novel Great Circle is due to be published around the world. Maggie Shipstead grew up in California and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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'This is truly exceptional storytelling, combining a sweeping arc of history with writing that, at sentence level, is near-flawless'
- Bookseller

'Luminous, masterful ... glides seamlessly through the 20th century immersing the reader. Tremendously well-written.'
- Telegraph

'Effortlessly woven... deserves to be savoured slowly'
- Evening Standard

'Accomplished and ambitious... Most novelists have their limits and cut their cloth accordingly. Shipstead is a writer who can vividly summon whatever she chooses, taking the reader deep inside the world she creates.'
- Financial Times

'Whether Shipstead is creating scenes in the Prohibition-era American West, in wartime London, or on a Hollywood movie set, her research is invisible, allowing a fully immersive experience. Ingeniously structured and so damn entertaining; this novel is as ambitious as its heroines - but it never falls from the sky.'
- Kirkus

'Impressive and gripping'
- Sunday Times

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