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Minds of Winter
Minds of Winter | Ed O'Loughlin
19 posts | 6 read | 1 reading | 17 to read
In a journey shrouded in mystery and intrigue, Sir John Franklin's 1845 campaign in search of the Northwest Passage ended in tragedy. All 129 men were lost to the ice, and nothing from the expedition was retrieved, including two rare and valuable Greenwich chronometers. When one of the chronometers appears a century and a half later in London, in pristine condition and crudely disguised as a Victorian carriage clock, new questions arise about what really happened on that expedition-and the fates of the men involved. When Nelson Nilsson, an aimless drifter from Alberta, finds himself in Canada's Northern Territories in search of his brother, he meets Fay Morgan by chance. Fay has just arrived from London, hoping to find answers to her burning questions about her past. When they discover that their questions about their pasts and present are inextricably linked, the two will become unlikely partners as they unravel a mystery that traverses continents and centuries. In a narrative that crosses time and space, O'Loughlin delves deep into the history of Franklin's expedition through the eyes of the explorers themselves, addressing questions that have intrigued historians and readers for centuries. What motivated these men to strike out on dangerous campaigns in search of the unknown? What was at stake for them, and for those they left behind? And when things went wrong-things that couldn't be shared-what would they do to protect themselves and their discoveries?
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Jaimelire
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I had bad insomnia last week. This brick of a book made it a little less painful. Great novel about arctic explorers. Begins with the doomed Franklin expedition and moves forwards from there, including two present day Canadians looking for answers to a generations-old mystery.

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BookishTrish
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VeganCleopatra This background calls to me. 🙂 5y
BookishTrish @VeganCleopatra It's a park near my house. And it's covered in snow which is unusual. 5y
Suet624 Perfect photo. 5y
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mjdowens
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Let me just read the first chapter of this book I got about three weeks ago.

211 pages later......😳

JazzFeathers 😂😂😂💪👍👍 5y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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It‘s blurbed as “ambitious”. Yes. I agree. Very good but then got bogged down by its length. My first Giller Prize longlisted title. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

rabbitprincess Oh, this is on my to-read list! Didn't realize it was longlisted. 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @rabbitprincess I got the chunkiest one out of the way first! 🙂 5y
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BookishTrish
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Lunch break in the sun! The stranger reading beside me is taking notes in the margins of The Subtle Art ofNot Giving a Fuck. Does that mean the book's not working? #legitquestion

OSChamberlain 😂😂😂 I guess it‘s not! 5y
Lcsmcat 😂😂😂 Well, it is a subtle art? 5y
CouronneDhiver 😂😂😂 5y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Starting the first in the Giller Prize longlist. I had taken this out from the library in the summer, but wasn‘t able to get to it. So far it‘s been quite good.

DreesReads I liked this! 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @AudreyMorris great! I‘m liking it so far too! 5y
Melissa_J I've got this one on my TBR so I can't wait to hear what you think of it. 5y
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DreesReads
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Finished this late last night. I really liked it and I understand the ending, but I found it frustrating. Also, who was Johnson? Who did he work for and why? What really happened to Morgan? I guess the author couldn't answer questions about real people...

RealBooks4ever How frustrating! I want answers! 😡 5y
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DreesReads
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I'm halfway through, and this book is a little confusing with the leaps through time and space and different narrators. But there are clues connecting all these parts, and I think it's all going to come together in the end. I am really enjoying this!

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DreesReads
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Next up for fiction! I had never heard of this before finding it on the new fiction shelf. I am so in the mood for a long book 🙂

ReadingEnvy I have this on my pile so I'll look forward to your thoughts! 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is right in my wheelhouse!! So happy you made me discover this!!!! 5y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Here's the problem when you return a book to the library when it's open! I have piles of books to read but these two were perched there, all in their brand new glory. I can't walk away! 😊

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Quercus_USA
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Happy Publication Day to Ed O'Loughlin's MINDS OF WINTER. Pictured here with the chronometer that forms the central thread of his book, longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction!

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Quercus_USA
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"An exhilarating romp through the age of polar exploration.... Minds of Winter is a story of death and glory, loss and triumph and, ultimately, the mighty power of the imagination in the face of unrelenting struggle." -Winnipeg Free Press

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MeaMck
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Is there an unwritten rule that in every novel based on the Franklin expedition Sophia Cracroft must attend a ball during which she lusts after Ross or is it just the two I've read, I'll have to dig a little deeper and try a third 😬

Enjoying the book so far though! ❄️💙❄️

BookishTrish What was the other book? 5y
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Quercus_USA
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Congratulations to Ed O'Loughlin, MINDS OF WINTER longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize!

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hollytucker
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"Complex tale of historical intrigue about 19th century polar explorers, the strange disappearance of Sir John Franklin Artic expedition in 1845". Historical fiction. Love the cover!

rabbitprincess Ooh, I'll have to check that out! I've been on a Franklin kick lately, including my current read: 6y
hollytucker @rabbitprincess it looks pretty good! 6y
LeahBergen Ooo! Sounds good. 6y
VioletBramble I love books on polar exploration. This one sounds good. Great cover. 6y
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Quercus_USA
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"A tour de force juggling act of narrative legerdemain" -Kirkus Reviews

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Quercus_USA
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"The scope is truly epic, taking us literally from pole to pole and covering 175 years of history." -Quill and Quire

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Quercus_USA
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Minds of Winter was chosen as Quercus' feature title in Publishers Weekly Adult Spring 2017 books!

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Quercus_USA
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"The novel is a tapestry of time and place, a study of human nature, and a celebration of exploration and adventure" -ALA_Booklist, starred review