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Everland by [Hunt, Rebecca]
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Nothing short of stunning . . . something very powerful and unusual indeed (Guardian)

The making and demolishing of heroic myths is just one strand in this wonderful Antarctic adventure . . . Hunt is a talented writer. On my watch this novel would win the Booker (Kate Saunders The Times)

Part-thriller, part adventure story, part social drama and utterly absorbing (Daily Mail)

Hunt delivers a story that manages to be both surreally absurd and grimly captivating (Independent on Sunday)

Thought-provoking and affecting . . . a gripping story (Sunday Telegraph)

Hunt is an accomplished writer . . . rather captivating (Sara Wheeler Financial Times)

Hunt's Antarctica is beautifully done, and she expresses the enthralment and the hatred for it that the explorers feel (Helen Dunmore)

About the Author

Rebecca Hunt graduated from Central Saint Martins College with a first class honours degree in fine art. She lives and works in London. Her first novel, Mr Chartwell, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards New Writer of the Year.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2578 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CF8LTT6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Susie B TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The fictional Antarctic island of Everland is the chilling setting for Rebecca Hunt's second novel, a location we visit first in 1913 and then again almost one hundred years later in 2012. In 1913, three men - Napps, a naval officer with a reputation for getting things done regardless of whose toes he steps on; Millet-Bass, a strong, capable sailor; and Dinners, a brilliant scientist, but an inexperienced and physically weak man - all volunteer to explore an uncharted island. Napps, heavily critical of Dinners and his lack of experience of polar expeditions, makes no secret of his opinion of the scientist, which causes bad feeling all round. In fact the expedition seems doomed from the outset when, after leaving the parent ship, the dinghy carrying the three men to the island is caught up in a ferocious storm resulting in damage to the boat and some of the men's supplies being washed away. When they finally get to the island, half-frozen and exhausted, and with Dinners suffering from frostbite, the men are left waiting to be rescued whilst their scanty supplies dwindle and their strength rapidly fades. But does the rescue ship arrive in time?

In 2012, the upcoming centenary of the original mission is marked by a return visit to the island. This time, the team consists of one man: Decker, who is regarded as something of a hero at the Antarctic base camp and as being: 'a kind of polar Socrates who could be relied upon to have the answer for everything', and Decker is joined by two women: Jess, a very competent and experienced field assistant, and Brix who, like Dinners one hundred years before her, is an excellent scientist, but is inexperienced and lacking the necessary survival skills for a polar mission.
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In 2011, author Rebecca Hunt was chosen as one of eighteen artists and writers to join the Artic Circle residency aboard a traditional ice-class sailing vessel which voyages to the High Artic. Following on from her hugely successful debut novel, Mr Chartwell, the author has used those experiences to create her second book and it is sure to be as successful as the first.

In 2013, three researchers (Brix, Jess and Decker) are selected for a field trip to the island of Everland – first named by those picked for a similar expedition in 1913 (Dinners, Millet-Bass and Napps). That first trip has since been immortalised by a film, which those on the Antartic base Aegeus know word by word – along with booing the ‘baddie’ (Napps). However, as we know, things are never as clear cut as Hollywood makes them and the 1960’s film is based upon a book, written by Captain Lawrence, who picked the group volunteering to scout out the uncharted and unknown island.

This excellent novel switches effortlessly between telling the story of that heroic and, ultimately, tragic 1913 expedition and also shows how the behaviour and events of the 2013 expedition begin to mirror them. Decker has twenty years in the field and is seen as something of a hero by those on the base. Jess, an exceptional field assistant, relies on her job for self esteem. Brix, like Dinners so long ago, is a competent scientist but lacks experience in the field. In the harsh environment of the Artic, mistakes can be costly and every team member has to pull their weight. Of course, the major difference from the 1913 expedition is that two members of the modern trip are female (Brix and Jess) and I am delighted that the author does not make the gender of her characters an issue.
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Rebecca Hunt's first novel, Mr Chartwell used an audacious, almost fantasy, conceit to capture the reader and examine a difficult subject - depression.

Her follow-up to that reads as more naturalistic, but still chases big themes - truth, lies, courage and consequences.

One hundred years ago, three men set out from the Antarctic survey ship Kismet in a dinghy to land on a small island, which they name Everland after the sponsor of their expedition. Right from the start, thing go wrong, and they are soon stranded. Dinners, Napps and Millet-Bass are explorers in the classic Edwardian mould, all pipes, woollens and tinned food, defying the Southern winter with plenty of Imperial pluck but with pitiful equipment. And it is getting darker.

One hundred years later, but in summer, a modern survey team, Jess, Brix and Decker, visit the same island. They land by plane, are in radio contact with a nearby base, and use the latest kit, including quad bikes. But life in the Antarctic is still brutal - the cold means that wounds won't heal, and the work they have lined up, observing and tagging seals and penguins, is arduous. As with the 1913 party, there is a suspicion that one of the team isn't up to the job: this is only one of many echoes linking the two narratives - others include patterns of language, coincidences, shifts in the relationships within each group (three is unstable: alliances form, jealousies and fears surface... secrets are kept) and even the background of some of the explorers (Decker is tired, and wants to be home after years of exploration: so is Napps).
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