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

    TELEGRAPH
  • A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern

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

    BOOKSELLER, A Fiction Pick of the Year
  • Effortlessly woven... deserves to be savoured slowly

    EVENING STANDARD
  • Shipstead turns phrases and observes people beautifully. Full of adventure, passion and tragedy... a glorious tribute to women who push the boundaries of their one, brief life, breaking the bonds of their place in history and their female bodies, to soar higher and faster than others; and the price they pay to live so fast

    THE TIMES
  • Impressive and gripping

    SUNDAY TIMES
  • 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
  • Rocked by the cool cadences of Shipstead's prose, readers will embark on a journey through time and space. Across 600 pages, they'll link arms with its characters as they stroll along the decks of early-1900s ocean liners, then board private jets to eavesdrop on the poolside parties of 21st-century Hollywood. They'll spot eagles arcing over the wild frontiers of Prohibition-era America then feel the lonely, existential chill of the white expanses of Antarctica - in between city breaks in Europe and Australia

    INDEPENDENT
  • A gorgeous soaring story that takes flight from the very first page

    SUNDAY EXPRESS
  • What's so impressive is how deeply we care about each of these people, and how the shape and texture of each of their stories collide to build a story all its own. GREAT CIRCLE grasps for and ultimately reaches something extraordinary

    NEW YORK TIMES

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