As the temperature has plummeted across the UK (seriously, we’re freezing) we thought we’d stick with that theme for this week’s bookish-hygge guide.
Think brilliant white snow, glittering snow flakes, stunning frozen landscape – and snuggling down in furs in front of a roaring fire to warm up. What could be better in the run up to Christmas?
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
Penney returns to the wild Arctic landscape she portrayed so beautifully in her debut The Tenderness of Wolves, to bring us the story of ‘The Snow Queen’ Flora Mackie and her Geologist beau Jakob de Beyn. Their paths cross on the frozen landscape of Greenland whilst on opposing expeditions, yet they have an instant connection that has the power to transcend any distance between them. A passionate love affair, and a couple of trips back to the North later, and it seems nothing can tear Flora and Jakob apart. Until…
Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siècle New York and London, Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the ‘golden age’ of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story. It shows that sometimes you have to travel to the furthest edge of the world in order to find your true place in it.
This is the ultimate fireside read this winter – read a tantilising extract here!
‘It is in the masterfully evoked Arctic landscape and in her depictions of sex that Penney finds her dazzling stride.’ Guardian
It’s just over 40 days till Christmas and we’re getting into the spirit with Chrissie Manby’s A Fairy Tale for Christmas. Feel very hygge as you snuggle up under a fur-lined blanket and read a tale full of warmth, drama, and lashings of Christmas cheer.
This gorgeous Christmassy tale is available to buy now
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