The Collector of Lost Things

The Collector of Lost Things

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I felt the worlds of ocean and ice were meeting in a frontier of rage, as if the Earth had torn in two along this line.This was a place if there ever was a place, where you could disappear.

The year is 1845 and young researcher Eliot Saxby is paid to go on an expedition to the Arctic in the hope of finding remains of the by now extinct Great Auk. He joins a regular hunting ship, but the crew and the passengers are not what they seem. Caught in the web of relationships on board, Eliot struggles to understand the motivations of the sociopathic, embroidery-loving Captain Sykes, the silent First Mate French, the flamboyant laudanum-addicted Bletchley and, most importantly of all, Bletchley's beautiful but strange 'cousin' Clara. As the ship moves further and further into the wilds of the Arctic sea, Eliot clings to what he believes in, desperate to save Clara but drawn irrevocably back into the past that haunts him.

The first historical novel from an author who has been critically acclaimed for his two contemporary novels (Salt and The Wake), The Collector of Lost Things is a compulsive, beautifully writtten read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 125 x 196 x 26mm | 314g
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349138788
  • 9780349138787
  • 625,444

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With his beautiful historical novel The Collector of Lost Things Page earns his place on the stage next to compatriots and contemporaries like Lawrence Norfolk and Hilary Mantel * Knack Focus * An enormous beauty is hidden behind all the horrors: the power of the ocean, the life on board of the ship, the immense views. Author Jeremy Page knows how to describe these things with such a feeling for detail that you feel the water spurt out and hear the creaking of the mast while you read * De Zondag *
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About Jeremy Page

Jeremy grew up in North Norfolk and has worked as a script editor and writer for FilmFour and the BBC, in addition to teaching on the Creative Writing MA at UEA. He lives in London with his wife and three children. He has published two previous novels with Viking UK and Viking US: Salt and The Wake.
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