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'A stunning novel that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until its bitter end' -- Financial Times 'A novel that takes us to the limits of flesh and blood. Utterly convincing and compelling, remorselessly vivid and insidiously witty.' -- Martin Amis 'Horrifically gripping' -- Independent on Sunday 'Full of twists, turns, period detail and strong characters' -- The Times 'The North Water has exceptional power and energy' -- Sunday Times 'Terrific - seamed with pitch-black humour and possessed of a momentum that's kept up to the final scene' -- Daily Mail 'A superbly compelling suspense narrative' -- Irish Times
Ian McGuire grew up near Hull and studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Virginia, USA. In 2007 he co-founded the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing. He is the author of Incredible Bodies and the 2016 Man Booker-longlisted novel, The North Water, for which he won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award. The Abstainer is his third novel.