Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle
  • Great Circle

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021

    'A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern' STYLIST
    'An amazing literary feat' CURTIS SITTENFELD

    'A masterpiece' NIGELLA LAWSON

    A soaring, breathtakingly ambitious novel that weaves together the astonishing lives of a 1950s vanished female aviator and the modern-day Hollywood actress who plays her on screen. For fans of TAYLOR JENKINS REID, WILLIAM BOYD and ANN PATCHETT
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    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 scandal-ridden Hollywood actress whose own parents perished in a plane crash is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the true mystery behind the vanished pilot.
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    'Extraordinary' NEW YORK TIMES
    'Full of adventure, passion and tragedy' THE TIMES
    'Soars from the very first page' SUNDAY EXPRESS
    'Luminous, masterful. Glides seamlessly through 20th century history' TELEGRAPH
    'Breathtaking' OBSERVER

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 widely praised new novel GREAT CIRCLE is shortlisted for the Booker Prize and was a New York Times bestseller. Her story collection, YOU HAVE A FRIEND IN 10A will be published in hardback in 2022. Maggie Shipstead grew up in California and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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