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A nineteenth-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.

Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship’s medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

In India, during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which man can stoop. He had hoped to find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but rest proves impossible with Drax on board. The discovery of something evil in the hold rouses Sumner to action. And as the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter, the fateful question arises: who will survive until spring?

With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, Ian McGuire’s The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great white shark of a book―swift, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable.”

    New York Times

  • “A conspiracy thriller stuffed into the skin of a blood-and-guts whaling yarn…by turns great fun and shocking, thrilling and provocative…One of the finest books of the year.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Full of foul deeds in a savagely beautiful setting, The North Water is a gripping, pitch-black yarn.”

    Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

  • “John Keating is the perfect narrator for this story of redemption amid the brutality of a doomed nineteenth-century whaling trip. Keating’s Irish-accented voice shifts to fit each of the motley characters…[and] captures the roughness of most of the men as well as the smoother tones of the officers and gentlemen who try to control things…It is by itself a compelling tale; Keating’s performance gives it another dimension and makes it riveting.”


  • Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
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