The critically acclaimed novel, and the greatest unsolved mystery of polar exploration.
Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.
'Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel' Ron Rash
'A brilliant paean to the obsessions of the polar explorers . . . stupendously good' Australian
'Vastly entertaining' Sunday Times
FROM BOOKER-LONGLISTED ED O'LOUGHLIN: THE PERFECT NOVEL FOR FANS OF AMY SACKVILLE'S THE STILL POINT AND FRANCIS SPUFFORD'S I MAY BE SOME TIME.
It begins with a chance encounter at the top of the world.
Fay Morgan and Nelson Nilsson have each arrived in Inuvik, Canada - 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle - searching for answers about a family member: Nelson for his estranged older brother, Fay for her disappeared grandfather. They soon learn that these two men have an unexpected link - a hidden share in one of the greatest enduring mysteries of polar exploration.
Ed O'Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He reported from Africa for the Irish Times, and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age of Melbourne. His first novel, Not Untrue & Not Unkindwas longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2009. His second novel, Toploader, was published by Quercus in 2011.
Minds of Winter is a remarkable feat of imagination, empathy, and research. Past and present merge to convey the polar landscape's immense mysteries, and the lives of those voyagers compelled to seek answers in its icy expanses. Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel. — Ron Rash
A spellbinding tale of adventures and explorers, spies and outlaws, of derring-do, self-sacrifice and impossible feats of endurance . . . In the sheer brio of its storytelling, it brings to mind Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence or David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas - profound, yes, but terrific fun, too. — Irish Examiner
[A] brilliant paean to the obsessions of the polar explorers . . . stupendously good. — Australian
In both concept and execution the novel is a serious piece of work at once vastly entertaining and ambitious. — Sunday Times
A compelling and hugely ambitious novel. — Mail on Sunday
An extraordinary tale that warps actual history into something conjoined, poetic and thrilling . . . [A] marvel of a novel. — Independent on Sunday
With each novel, O'Loughlin is expanding his interests and his imaginative grasp - the first sign of a genuinely talented writer. He is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting novelists currently at work. — Sunday Business Post
The Franklin novel to end all Franklin novels. Never have so many different narrative threads been taken up and twined together. — Arctic Book Review
A novel wondrous in its tone and reach . . . the final pages seem inevitable as great endings must . . . The title is from Wallace Stevens poem The Snowman, where we're asked to behold the 'Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.' It takes a good writer to take that on. It takes a great one to succeed. — Eoin McNamee, Irish Times
Intricately structured . . . thoroughly researched . . . The Arctic itself is a central character. — Times Literary Supplement