The Comet Seekers

The Comet Seekers

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Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Herald and Glamour

One Day meets The Time Traveler's Wife in this spellbinding, magical debut novel about love, loss, hope and heartbreak that shows us that for each of us, the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets that illuminate the skies above us.

Roisin and Francois first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes.

While Roisin grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, Francois was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past.

As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment.

Theirs are stories filled with love and hope and heartbreak, that show how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets themselves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 29mm | 544g
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910701734
  • 9781910701737
  • 323,195

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"Helen Sedgwick has written a first novel of remarkable grace, beauty and insight, in which a careful love of language meets an immense storytelling talent. I was moved and inspired by this book"
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"A magical debut...a gorgeous novel that should resonate with fans of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife... A breathtaking tale full of love, hope and heartbreak. You'll be utterly captivated from the first page" * Elle * "Beautiful, sad, moving, fascinating and original. I loved it." -- Marian Keyes "A stellar love story" * Glamour, Book of the Year * "Exquisitely layered, thrilling novel, which leaps across centuries and continents to delve into the role of destiny and the elusiveness of perception and memory." * New York Times * "Helen Sedgwick has written a first novel of remarkable grace, beauty and insight, in which a careful love of language meets an immense storytelling talent. I was moved and inspired by this book" -- Joseph O'Connor, author of The Star of the Sea
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About Helen Sedgwick

Helen Sedgwick was a research scientist working in the field of biophysics before writing her debut novel, The Comet Seekers. She has an MLitt in Creative Writing from Glasgow University and a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, and has received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Having grown up in London, she now lives in the Scottish Highlands. The Growing Season is her second novel.
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2 13% (245)
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