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Brought to you by Penguin.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.

I was born to be a wanderer.

From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship, to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.

In 1950, she embarks on her life's dream - to fly a Great Circle around the globe, pole to pole. But after a crash landing, she finds herself stranded on the Antarctic ice without enough fuel. With one fearsome piece of water separating her from completion of the Circle, she writes one last entry in her logbook. 

She is ready for her final journey.

Half a century later, Hadley Baxter, a brilliant, troubled Hollywood starlet is irresistibly drawn to play Marian Graves, a role that will lead her to probe the deepest mysteries of the vanished pilot's life.

Great Circle is an enthralling journey over oceans and continents and a drama of exhilarating power. Combining unforgettable characters and thrilling suspense, it is a sweeping story of loss and obsession, sacrifice and survival, of the unknowable mysteries of freedom, love and life itself.

©2020 Maggie Shipstead (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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I need time to process this amazing book

So much to think about with this book. It felt like two fully fledged books in one. For me a truly great book is really caring about characters especially if I don't really understand them. And care I did. Inspired by so many thoughts.

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Fantastic audio, time flies.

A wonderful story, rich with historical detail. Complex characters combined with a wonderful narrative make this a great book. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommend.

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  • 18-09-2021

FANTASTIC!

The authors’ writing style creates such a rich tapestry for the imagination that the images and characters have taken fond residence in my mind. I have travelled not only through their incredibly fascinating intertwined lives but also through history and landscapes both from land and air in a way I have never experienced before…. I highly recommend this book and cross my fingers that it is awarded the Booker Prize 🤞🏻

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  • 21-06-2021

Fly. Fly to the horizon

Utterly absorbing. A family history, intertwined in great circles. Two women finding their way in worlds not so different. But totally different.
The narrators capture the characters perfectly. And be prepared to want the world for both of them: Marian and Hadley

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  • 22-08-2021

A great read

I listened to this book all the way through, I needed to rewind it several times as I missed the odd sentence. This tells me it was a really good book.

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superb story

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Discovery of a life by the listener and the actress playing the part of the protagonist. very involving.

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  • 19-09-2021

Marathon training

Loved listening to this whilst on my long runs adding up mileage. I barely noticed the distance as I got lost in this great story. Thank you!!

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  • 14-09-2021

Absorbing story

I was totally immersed in the character's lives, particularly the descriptions of flying a small aircraft. Will definitely listen to the story again.

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  • 01-09-2021

Brilliant

Loved it. Beautiful epic story, well researched, excellent narrator. Highly recommend. Top contender for the booker prize.

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