An electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal by the bestselling, Baileys-prize shortlisted author of The Bees. As the melting ice of the Midgard glacier expels a frozen corpse into the Barents Sea, long-submerged secrets threaten to come to light. Discovered near a glamorous wilderness retreat owned by explorer-turned-businessman Sean Cawson, the body is that of his best friend Tom Harding - lost in an accident on the glacier three years ago, when Cawson had been the last person to see him alive. Their friendship, forged by a shared obsession with Arctic exploration, had often been strained by their differing ambitions. And, as the inquest into Tom's death begins, the choices made by both men - in love and in life - are put on the stand. Soon Cawson begins to wonder whether Tom was in fact the only one who truly understood the world they were operating in, and whether the price he has paid for his place at the establishment's table is higher than he could ever have imagined. Because when the ice melts and the water rises, who can you really depend on? Just how deep do the lies go?
Praise for The Bees: '[A] gripping Cinderella/Arthurian tale with lush Keatsian adjectives' Margaret Atwood, via Twitter 'Beautifully written and unusual ... Captivating ... A brave and original story that highlights our modern environmental crimes, and offers a fascinating glimpse into the intricacies of bee world ... Any book that changes the way we see our world surely deserves to be a success' Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times 'Ambitious and bold ... told with such rapturously attentive imagination ... The tale zooms along with such propulsive and addictive prose ... Few novels create such a singular reading experience. The buzz you will hear surrounding this book and its astonishing author is utterly deserved' New York Times 'One wild ride. A sensual, visceral mini-epic about timeless rituals and modern environmental disaster. Paull's heartpounding novel wrenches us into a new world' Emma Donoghue
Laline Paull was born in England. Her parents were first-generation Indian immigrants. She studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theatre in London, where she has had two plays performed at the Royal National Theatre. She is a member of BAFTA and the Writers' Guild of America. She lives in England by the sea with her husband, the photographer Adrian Peacock, and their three children.