W&N Fiction HB January 2014 £18.99 320pp 978 0 297 87032 6 ebook: £18.99 978 0 297 87034 0
VALERIE MARTIN The Ghost of the Mary Celeste From the Orange Prize-winning author, an enthralling novel about an enduring mystery, an infamous mystic and Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery of the ‘ghost ship’ Mary Celeste remains unsolved to this day. The most famous theorist of the time was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, then a struggling writer who had yet to find his voice with Sherlock Holmes. Weaving Conan Doyle’s story with that of the Mary Celeste crew, and of a mystic who binds them, Martin has created an astonishing story about the anomalies of nature, our sustained fascination with the afterlife, and the precarious balance between truth and fiction. In this mesmeric, original and hugely compelling work, Martin goes behind the myth to bring an extraordinary story back to life. ‘A brilliant, chillingly revelatory piece of fiction’ Ali Smith on Property Valerie Martin is one of America’s finest contemporary novelists, best known for her Orange Prize-winning Property and the award-winning Mary Reilly, filmed by Stephen Frears. She is the daughter of a sea captain but has never been to sea.
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W&N Fiction • January 2014