It’s only a short time to wait now until the release of Michelle Paver’s new novel, ghost story ‘Dark Matter’. From Orion’s website:
Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can’t afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to utilise his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job in the city. So when he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them. As the young men set sail from a gloomy Britain on the verge of war, Jack feels the overwhelming excitement of not knowing what lies in store. Little can he imagine the horrors that await him in their arctic destination, Gruhuken, a place that cannot escape the savage echo of its past.
An 1930s arctic ghost story to chill you to the very core. Unabridged edition.
It will be published on October 21 in print, e-book and audiobook formats.
Of course, as the audiobook version has been performed by Jeremy, that’s what we’re all anticipating the most. And to whet our appetities, Orion have kindly treated us to a small excerpt.
Here’s a link to a review of the novel (don’t worry, no spoilers!) by Ryan at Empire of Books: Dark Matter Review, Empire of Books.
It’s possible to pre-order ‘Dark Matter’ at Amazon.
UPDATE, 8 Oct 2010 : Last night, Michelle Paver was awarded the prestigious Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2010 for the latest in her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series of fantasy books for children, Ghost Hunter. The series charts the adventures of a boy, Torak, who lives in the Stone Age during the time that humans were still hunter-gatherers. Chair of judges, Julia Eccleshare, said: “It’s relatively rare for a book late in a series to win a major prize, but the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is such a towering achievement, as a whole as well as in terms of the individual books, that it was our unanimous choice.” The Guardian’s press release.
UPDATE, 13 Oct 2010: Another excellent review of the novel can be found at Milo’s Rambles, and Michelle Paver’s fans at her official fansite are busily making their own trailers for the novel: Dark Matter fan trailers.