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Publisher's Summary

The Richard & Judy Book Club Pick. Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Novel Award.
Follow the path to the freezing north. Follow your ambition. Follow your heart
Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of 12. Years later, in 1892, determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland as a scientist at the head of a British expedition, defying the expectations of those who believe a woman has no place in that harsh world.
Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition. Jakob and Flora's paths cross. It is a fateful meeting, where passion and ambition collide and an irresistible attraction is born.
The violent extremes of the north obsess them both: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows, and the strange, maddening pull it exerts on the people trying to make their mark on its vast expanses - a pursuit of glory whose outcome will reverberate for years to come.
©2016 Stef Penney (P)2016 WF Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"A supreme storyteller." ( Sunday Times)
"One of the best novels I have read for a very long time." (Richard Madely)
"A dazzling tale of romance and survival." ( Guardian)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-15-17

Too long winded

A lot to enjoy here - I liked the main character Flora and loved the lyrical descriptions of the Arctic. However this book could have been reduced by a third and would be much the better for it. The same conversations take place several times which is very tiresome. Far too much and too detailed back story. Just too long. In the end I was glad to finish it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Úna on 03-10-17

Adventure!

What did you like most about Under a Pole Star?

The main character Flora is a brilliant creation.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the chronicle approach - building a picture of a whole human life from start to finish, I also loved the depiction of Flora's relationships with other people, particularly the Inuit people.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

One scene near the end made me cry.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer R. on 12-02-16

Wonderful performances.

This was a beautiful and enthralling story....well written and very well told. Thank you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 12-17-16

Fine Ice

Narration was done well, some parts, excellent. Having two narrators helped define the story. I can't fault the storyline or the way it played out, I just felt that some characters deserved more and that the ending was a bit weak, otherwise a fantastic story and well worth it.

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