This powerful new novel of retribution and forgiveness leads the reader on a quest through an unforgettable arctic landscape, from humanity's origins to its likely end.
Out on the far northern border of a failed state, the novel's protagonist, Makepeace, patrols the ruins of a dying city and tries to keep its unruly inhabitants in check. Into this cold, isolated world comes evidence that life is flourishing elsewhere. His journey to find it leads to unexpected human contact, tenderness, and the dark secrets behind this frozen world.
The novel is suffused with an ecstatic awareness of the earth's fragility and beauty, and its unexpected ability to recover from our worst trespasses.
Marcel Theroux is an award-winning novelist and documentary film-maker. He was born in Kampala, Uganda, in 1968 and grew up in England. He is the author of three acclaimed novels, A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth and The Paperchase, winner of the 2002 Somerset Maugham Award.
Praise for A Blow to the Heart:
'Theroux's strength is his ability to impress us by stealth, on points rather than with knock-out blows.' The Times
The Bigamist: The True Story of a Husband's Ultimate Betrayal
by Mary Turner Thomson
In April 2006, Mary Turner Thomson received a call that blew her life apart. The woman on the other end of the line told her that Will Jordan, Mary's husband and the father of her two younger children, had been married to her for fourteen years and they had five children together.
The Bigamist is the shocking true story of how one man manipulated an intelligent, independent woman, conning her out of £200,000 and leaving her to bring up the children he claimed he could never have. It's a story we all think could never happen to us, but Will Jordan has been doing the same thing to various other women for at least 27 years, spinning a tangled web of lies and deceit to cover his tracks.
How far would you go to help the man you love? And what would you do when you found out it was all a lie?
Mary Turner Thomson was brought up in Edinburgh and worked as a marketing consultant, business adviser and motivational trainer. A proud mother of three children, she is now rebuilding her life.
'A brilliant and incisive account of her nightmare' Daily Express