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  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473572751
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

Great Circle


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

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021

'A gripping historical adventure that feels sharp, fresh and modern' STYLIST'An amazing literary feat' CURTIS SITTENFELD

Two extraordinary women's lives intersect across continents and history - a female aviator whose plane vanishes while attempting to fly the globe in the 1950s and the disgraced actress who plays her on screen in modern-day Hollywood. For fans of Taylor Jenkins Reid, William Boyd and Ann Patchett. Discover the New York Times instant bestseller

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 scandal-ridden Hollywood actress whose own parents perished in a plane crash is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to uncover the real mystery behind the vanished pilot.
'Extraordinary' NEW YORK TIMES
'A masterpiece' NIGELLA LAWSON
'One of the most hotly anticipated books of the spring' MARIELLA FROSTRUP
'Luminous, masterful. Glides seamlessly through 20th century history' TELEGRAPH
'A soaring epic of female adventure and wanderlust' GUARDIAN

  • Published: 27 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473572751
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 608

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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