‘Dark Matter’, a sneak peek

7 Oct

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:


January 1937.
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.

by Gill

7 Responses to “‘Dark Matter’, a sneak peek”

  1. joan aka HazelP October 8, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Have already ordered the audiobook from Amazon UK….and, with any luck will be downloading it from Audible UK also. It sounds like the type of book which should be read and/or heard during middle of the day and not on a rainy, cold, dark and dreary night. At least that’s how I shall listen to it……

  2. Gill Fraser Lee October 8, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Not long to wait now!

  3. Gayle Cooley October 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    This sounds sooo good!!!

  4. LauraP October 9, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Thanks for the sneak audio “peek” Gill. Jeremy sounds like he’s in fine form!

    Interesting to read the review, too. Very scary! I think I’m going to have to listen to this with all the lights in the house on–in the middle of a sunny day!

  5. Martina October 10, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Now I`m reassured: You know, as a German I “use” Jeremy`s perfectly and properly performed audio-works to improve my poor English. With “Dark Matter” I was a bit worried, no German book edition means no foundation for understandig!? But that great voice seems to work wonders! That and the fantastic review of Ryan Woods, thank you Ryan!
    And thank you Gill for posting all those useful things.
    (Hopefully I`ll have enouth courage for a ghost-storry?!)

  6. Ana October 16, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Sounds fabulous and I hate ghost stories usually :O
    Such a good reader, our Jer.
    I’ve just found this site – many thanks for all of it! Am off to putter around for a few happy hours 🙂

    • Gill Fraser Lee October 16, 2010 at 11:04 am #

      You’re very welcome, Ana. I hope you enjoy your putter!

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