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Minds of Winter

Category: Book
By (author): O’Loughlin, Ed
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Historical
  FICTION / Literary
Awards: The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (2017) Long-listed
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: February 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.11in
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From The Publisher*

Longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

It begins with a chance encounter at the top of the world.

Fay Morgan and Nelson Nilsson have each arrived in Inuvik, Canada, about 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Both are in search of answers about a family member: Nelson for his estranged older brother, and Fay for her vanished grandfather. Driving Fay into town from the airport on a freezing January night, Nelson reveals a folder left behind by his brother. An image catches Fay's eye: a clock she has seen before. Soon Fay and Nelson realize that their relatives have an extraordinary and historic connection - a secret share in one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of polar expedition. This is the riddle of the "Arnold 294" chronometer, which reappeared in Britain more than a hundred years after it was lost in the Arctic with the ships and men of Sir John Franklin's Northwest Passage expedition. The secret history of this elusive timepiece, Fay and Nelson will discover, ties them and their families to a journey that echoes across two centuries.

In a feat of extraordinary scope and ambition, Ed O'Loughlin moves between a frozen present and an ever thawing past. Minds of Winter is a novel about ice and time and their ability to preserve or destroy, of mortality and loss and our dreams of transcending them.

From The Publisher*The latest from Man Booker Prize longlisted author Ed O'Loughlin is a mesmerizing new novel in which the chance meeting of two present-day travellers exposes one of the most perplexing mysteries in the history of Arctic exploration.
Review Quote*There will be few better historical novels published this year.
Review Quote*The final pages seem inevitable, as great endings must; the whole novel wondrous in its tone and reach. The title is from Wallace Stevens's poem ‘The Snow Man,' where we're asked to behold ‘Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.' It takes a good writer to take that on. It takes a great one to succeed.
Review Quote*[A] marvel of a novel.
Review Quote*With each novel, O'Loughlin is expanding his interests and his imaginative grasp - the first sign of a genuinely talented writer. He is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting novelists currently at work.
Review Quote*The writing is stupendously good . . . O'Loughlin manages beautifully.
Review Quote*Ed O'Loughlin's Minds of Winter . . . may well be the Franklin novel to end all Franklin novels. Never have so many different narrative threads been taken up and twined together . . . It would seem a daunting task to connect so many historical figures in a single volume, something like trapping demons in a cursed box, but the talisman that O'Loughlin employs is deceptively modest: a single marine chronometer, Arnold 294, which showed up intact at a 2009 auction in the UK when it was supposed to have been issued to Franklin's ships 164 years previously.
Review Quote*It is thrilling Boys' Own, Hornblower stuff.
Review Quote*Few novelists have the temerity to offer up mystery, suspense, adventure and a famous historical puzzle in a single novel. Ed O'Loughlin does so in Minds of Winter, and takes the reader to the ends of the earth in the process.