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From renowned writer Paul Theroux comes a dazzling novel following a big-wave surfer in Hawaii as he confronts ageing, privilege, mortality and whose lives we choose to remember.

It was as if in surfing he was carving his name in water, invisibly, joyously.

Joe Sharkey knows he is passed his prime. Now in his 60s, the younger surfers around the breaks on the north shore of Oahu still revere him as the once-legendary 'Shark', but his sponsors have moved on and Joe wonders what new future awaits him on the horizon. Uninterrupted quality time with the ocean, he hopes.

Life has other plans. When he accidentally hits and kills a man near Waimea while drunk-driving, he fears he will never rebound. Under the direction of his stubbornly loyal girlfriend Olive, he throws himself into uncovering his victim's story. But what they find in Max Mulgrave is entirely unexpected: a shared history - and refuge in the sea.

Set on the stunning Hawaiian coast, Theroux captures the glory and nostalgia of looking back at a rich and adventurous past, whilst learning to ride out life's next unexpected wave.

©2021 Paul Theroux (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"There is very little that Paul Theroux cannot fit onto a page. His writing skills are disciplined and muscular, his ear as finely tuned as a musician's, his eye sharper than any razor, and, in pinpointing the bizarre and the unexpected, he both entertains and underlines the absurdity of humans." (Daily Mail)

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Still waiting for a surf novel where the protagonist ISN’T a depressed, cynical, misanthropic narcissist who resents everyone including his thankless girlfriend, nevertheless, I couldn’t stop listening to /reading this and finished it in less than a day.

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