The Ecliptic

The Ecliptic

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Shortlisted for The Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award
On a forestedisland off the coast of Istanbul stands Portmantle, a gated refuge for beleaguered artists. There, a curious assembly of painters, architects, writers and musicians strive to restore their faded talents.Elspeth 'Knell' Conroy is a celebrated painterwho has lost faith in her abilityand fled the dizzying art scene of 1960s London. On the island, she spends her nightslocked in her blacked-out studio, testing a strangenewpigmentfor her elusive masterpiece.

But whenadisaffected teenager named Fullerton arrives at the refuge, hedisrupts its established routines. He is plagued by a recurring nightmare that steers him into danger, and Knell is left to pick apart the chilling mystery. Where did the boy come from, what is 'The Ecliptic', and how does itrelate to their abandoned lives in England?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 34mm | 544g
  • Scribner UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export
  • 1471126714
  • 9781471126710
  • 921,858

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'A flawless meditation on creativity and the psychic toll it takes. Not only is it beautifully written, but there's a bloody good twister of a plot that rewards you well beyond the final page' -- Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist 'Stunning ... Wood has created one of the most moving and human characters in recent fiction' -- Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven 'A curious, bewitching and beguiling book that manages to be both profoundly moving and as gripping and unputdownable as a thriller. Outstanding' -- SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep 'An intelligent examination of creativity, psychology, and a riveting mystery ... this ambitious novel will haunt the imagination long after the final page' * Independent on Sunday * 'A resounding achievement ... Absorbing, rich, beautiful' * Guardian * 'Exhilarating. A masterfully paced and suspenseful read' * Independent * 'Wood has lost none of his ability to combine suspense with striking images. His fiction is playfully experimental, but never loses sight of its primary purpose: to entertain' * Daily Telegraph *
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About Benjamin Wood

Benjamin Wood was born in 1981 and grew up in the north-west of England. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and the author of the highly acclaimed debut novel The Bellwether Revivals. His second novel is The Ecliptic.
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Rating details

935 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (243)
4 40% (371)
3 27% (249)
2 6% (56)
1 2% (16)
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