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Dead Men

Duckworth - 19 March 2012
The Overlook Press - 24 May 2012

About Dead Men

"An expertly-told story that captures the detail and spirit of Antarctic exploration, then and now. Not only a compelling novel, but an excellent tribute to Scott and his men." Sir Ranulph Fiennes

"A debut that ranks with the best of Sarah Waters or Scarlett Thomas, Dead Men is a novel about obsession, life and death, and the redemptive power of love." The Overlook Press

"This is an inventive, original, and totally absorbing novel, which begins with the finding of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic in 1912, and ends in the same place nearly 100 years later." Peter Buckman, the Ampersand Agency

"Dead Men is an amazing historical novel. It tells a story not only of the exploration of the world's coldest continent, but tells it within the framework of a contemporary passion." Peter Mayer, Duckworth/Overlook

In brief

The discovery of Captain Scott’s body in the Antarctic in November 1912 started a global obsession with him as a man and an explorer. One mystery remains – why did he and his companions spend their last ten days in a tent 11 miles from the relative safety of a large food and fuel depot?

Birdie Bowers, an infamously secretive painter, is a woman with a dead man’s name. Her parents were obsessed by her namesake, Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers, one of Scott’s companions. Almost a hundred years after his death, she is determined to discover what really happened to him. On her way to view some of the things recovered from Scott’s tent, she collapses, and is rescued by Adam, a bored computer geek, who falls in love with her, to the extent of agreeing to travel to the Antarctic with her to discover the site of Scott’s tent, now under 30 metres of ice.

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