Posted on 20th October 2010

By James Smith

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The Still Point

Amy Sackville

Amy Sackville’s ambitious debut novel tells the story of explorer Edward Mackley’s doomed expedition to the Arctic at the turn of the twentieth century and Emily, the woman who waited in vain for him to return. A hundred years later, his great-grand-niece Julia makes a discovery while sorting through his belongings that alters her perception of Edward and Emily’s romance and brings into sharp focus her need to make a decision about the shortcomings of her own marriage.

Described as ‘a promising debut’ by Penelope Lively, The Still Point was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and has been shortlisted for the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Francis Spufford called it a ‘beautiful, unearthly novel, in which the secrets of a house and a marriage continually open out onto a wild glare of Arctic light.’


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