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In 1616, as the last warm days dwindle in the north Atlantic, the men on an English whaling ship prepare to head home. But there is one exception among them: the quiet, headstrong Thomas Cave. Cave has made a bet with the rest of the crew that he can spend a winter on this Arctic island—alone.

His shipmates sail away, the days shorten, and the cold weather moves in. Thomas Cave faces months of darkness, ice, and blizzards with only his rations, shelter, and a journal—a record in case he doesn’t survive to tell his story. But nothing so threatens the sailor as his own mind, haunted by the remembrances of another life and a lost love. From his post at the edge of the known world, Cave sees his own past and begins to reflect on man’s relationship with God and the wilderness.

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  • The Solitude of Thomas Cave, published in hardcover in February, brought barely a ripple of attention. Happily, Blackstone Audio, whose staff has a knack for discovering unheralded gems, recently released an unabridged audio version…The story, tailor-made for audio, combined with Lee’s performance is captivating. With the ears fully engaged, the mind’s eye is free to wander north, to where the aurora borealis shimmers, where the full moon casts a violet glow on the white landscape.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “[A] shimmering historical…Harding probes Cave’s solitude and his responses to a landscape that, in a heartbeat, can be unrelentingly bleak or dazzling. It’s a simple story of spiritual purification, and it is handled beautifully throughout.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “From the moment that contemplative symphonic music introduces John Lee’s full, rounded voice, we know we’re in for a treat…John Lee offers a deeply felt, beautifully paced reading of the enigmatic Cave, enlivened by colorful interpretations of Cave’s shipmates and the people who inhabit his Arctic dreams. This is a mesmerizing tale, entrancingly read.”

    AudioFile

  • “It’s man versus nature in this tautly spun morality piece…This bleakly evocative journey is well worth the trip.”

    Booklist

  • “Harding’s clear and evocative prose allows readers to see the beauty of a stark winter there, yet feel the pain of an isolated existence in frigid conditions…thought-provoking and realistic.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Harding’s US debut is a brief, spare historical parable of personal endurance and enlightenment…[a] carefully told tale of reason versus superstition and imminent earthly despoliation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 12/10/2013

    " Beautiful book about a whaler who accepts a wager to spend the winter by himself in Greenland in the 1600's. This is a book I read as part of my personal theme that I started last year of people confronting the wilderness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brigid | 5/18/2013

    " A slow-paced, thoughtful story of solitude, contemplation, man's effect on the world, and the presence/absence of god or devil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melinda | 4/11/2013

    " Bargain book. Thought it would be better than it actually was. Story is slow and lacks focus. Beautiful writing doesn't make up for the sloppy narrative. There are better novels about arctic survival. Read one of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 12/15/2012

    " This book appealed to me because it was so offbeat. Thomas Cave lived alone on an (antarctic?) ice shelf for a year. Would you or I be able to survive? Would he? And if so, how would it affect us? I gave it 3 stars, but maybe it should have been 4. Depends on my mood :) "

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About the Author
Author Georgina Harding

Georgina Harding is the author of two works of nonfiction, Tranquebar: A Season in South India and In Another Europe. She lives in Colchester, England.