Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead


Shortlisted for the 2021 Man Booker Prize.

A gripping, ambitious, epic novel that weaves together the astonishing lives of a 1950s vanished female aviator and the modern-day Hollywood actress who plays her on screen.

Surprising and moving at every turn’ GUARDIAN

Extraordinary’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘An amazing literary feat’ CURTIS SITTENFELD

Great Circle

If you’re looking for something that will keep you completely absorbed, this is where you should stop. The story of pilot Marian Graves is utterly gripping and beautifully told.

From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.

In 1950, she embarks on the great circle flight, circumnavigating the globe. It is Marian’s life dream and her final journey, before she disappears without a trace.

Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a scandal-ridden Hollywood actress whose own parents perished in a plane crash is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the true mystery behind the vanished pilot.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2021

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