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  • Published: 27 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780857526809
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $34.99

Great Circle

BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST 2021




A breath-takingly powerful epic that weaves together the astonishing lives of a 1950s vanished female aviator and the rebel-hearted Hollywood millennial who plays her on screen.A stand-out American literary work in the same league as THE GOLDFINCH and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE


'A soaring epic of female adventure and wanderlust' GUARDIAN
'A masterpiece' Nigella Lawson

An enthralling journey over oceans and continents and a drama of exhilarating power, GREAT CIRCLE is perfect for book clubs and fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, William Boyd and Delia Owens. Discover the New York Times instant bestseller
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I WAS BORN TO BE A WANDERER

From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.

In 1950, she embarks on the great circle flight, circumnavigating the globe. It is Marian's life dream and her final journey, before she disappears without a trace.

Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a brilliant, troubled Hollywood starlet is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the deepest mysteries of the vanished pilot's life.
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'A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern' STYLIST
'Extraordinary' New York Times
'Smart, ambitious and so beautifully written. An amazing literary feat' CURTIS SITTENFELD
'One of the most hotly anticipated books of the spring' MARIELLA FROSTRUP

  • Published: 27 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9780857526809
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Maggie Shipstead

MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD's debut novel SEATING ARRANGEMENTS was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and L A Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller,The Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a two- time National Magazine Award finalist for fiction. Her latest novel GREAT CIRCLE has been seven years in the writing and is due to be published around the world. Maggie Shipstead grew up in California and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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