Minds of Winter – Ed O’Loughlin
Download Minds of Winter ebook. In a journey shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 campaign in search of the Northwest Passage ended in tragedy. All 129 men were lost to the ice, and nothing from the expedition was retrieved, including two rare and valuable Greenwich chronometers. When one of the chronometers appears a century and a half later in London, in pristine condition and crudely disguised as a Victorian carriage clock, new questions arise about what really happened on that expedition–and the fates of the men involved.
When Nelson Nilsson, an aimless drifter from Alberta, finds himself in Canada’s Northern Territories in search of his brother, he meets Fay Morgan by chance. Fay has just arrived from London, hoping to find answers to her burning questions about her past. When they discover that their questions about their pasts and present are inextricably linked, the two will become unlikely partners as they unravel a mystery that traverses continents and centuries.
In a narrative that crosses time and space, O’Loughlin delves deep into the history of Franklin’s expedition through the eyes of the explorers themselves, addressing questions that have intrigued historians and readers for centuries. What motivated these men to strike out on dangerous campaigns in search of the unknown? What was at stake for them, and for those they left behind? And when things went wrong–things that couldn’t be shared–what would they do to protect themselves and their discoveries?
Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2017
Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, 2017
“The novel is a tapestry of time and place, a study of human nature, and a celebration of exploration and adventure.”―Booklist (Starred Review)
“A complex tale of historical intrigue about nineteenth-century polar explorers, the strange disappearance of Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition in 1845, and the unexpected discovery of key evidence relating to the disappearance in 2009 . . . The historical depictions of polar explorers–the men, conditions, and horrible fates–are accurate and stunning.”―Publishers Weekly
“O’Loughlin’s ability to quantify the magnetism of Arctic exploration, the mentality of those who heed its icy siren song, and his amusing play with literary styles/tastes.”―Historical Novel Review
“A tour de force juggling act of narrative legerdemain.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Readers who delight in history and mystery mixed together will appreciate O’Loughlin’s shifting drifts of reality and imagination.”―Library Journal (Starred Review)
“An exhilarating romp through the age of polar exploration . . . Minds of Winter is a story of death and glory, loss and triumph, and, ultimately, the mighty power of the imagination in the face of unrelenting struggle.”―Winnipeg Free Press
“A richly researched fictional exploration of the history of arctic exploration.”―The Toronto Star
“The scope is truly epic, taking us literally from pole to pole and covering 175 years of history.”―Quill and Quire
“Minds of Winter is a remarkable feat of imagination, empathy, and research. Past and present merge to convey the polar landscape’s immense mysteries, and the lives of those voyagers compelled to seek answers in its icy expanses. Ed O’Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel.”―Ron Rash, New York Times best-selling author
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Ed O’Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He reported from Africa for the Irish Times and other papers, and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age of Melbourne. His first novel, Not Untrue and Not Unkind, was long listed for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. His second novel, Toploader, was published in 2011.
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