From the award-winning and bestselling author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K comes a powerful new novel that examines how the choices we make can haunt us forever . . .
South Africa, 1884. William Abbey, an English doctor, watches white colonists lynch a Zulu child. As the boy dies, his mother curses William: wherever he goes, the shadow of her son will follow him. It will never stop, never rest. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die . . .
But to those in power, William’s curse might be a blessing, and as the world slides towards war, William must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in order to survive.
Moving, thought-provoking and utterly gripping, Claire North’s extraordinary new novel proves again that she is one of the most original and innovative voices in modern fiction.
The Pursuit Of William Abbey is available in ebook and hardback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.
This was a fascinating, gripping and thought provoking read. I always enjoy this author’s books as they are always very unique reads. The Pursuit Of William Abbey is no exception as it manages to be part historical, part science fiction but does this incredibly well so it’s never confusing.
The story intrigued me from the start with an interesting opening and I soon found myself drawn into the story. The writing is beautiful and very vivid with some fabulous descriptions of the places that William visits on his journey. I loved how she manages to show the life and sounds of each place which allows the reader to feel like they are actually there watching it all unfold. Some of the descriptions are a little graphic at times, especially the injuries of the soldiers at the start, which were a little stomach churning. The author definitely doesn’t hold back from telling the truth about a situation which makes for uncomfortable reading sometimes.
The story is a very interesting one and I enjoyed following William on his journey and I was very intrigued to see how it would all end up. It’s not a particularly fast paced book but there is always something to keep the reader interested, so if you get to a slow bit do keep reading as it’s definitely worth it.
Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orbit books for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Claire North is a pseudonym for British author Catherine Webb. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was her first novel published under the Claire North name, and was one of the fastest-selling new SFF titles of the last ten years. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club promotions. Her next novel Touch was published in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and was described by the Independent as ‘little short of a masterpiece’. Catherine currently works as a theatre lighting designer and is a fan of big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffiti-spotting. She lives in London. Find her on Twitter as @ClaireNorth42.