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Longlisted for the Booker Prize

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

We are thrilled to share the news that The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead has been Longlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world and past winners include George Saunders, Margaret Attwood, Hilary Mantel and last year's winner Douglas Stewart for Shuggie Bain, a personal favourite.

The Great Circle is a truly dazzling story, an international bestseller that spans a full century and our entire planet. It tells the story of Marian Graves, a fictional female pilot who disappeared in 1950 while attempting an unprecedented north-south circumnavigation of the earth. She had only one leg left in her trip, a final leap from Antarctica to New Zealand, when she vanished, Earhart-style, in the South Pacific. Shipstead takes readers through the events of Marian’s life leading up to that moment, from her parents’ doomed marriage and her unorthodox childhood, roaming semi-feral with her twin brother in the Montana woods, to the complex web of desires, ambitions, and romantic entanglements that prompt her to her final flight.

The Great Circle was intensely researched and is a compelling read and a soaring achievement. This accolade is so deserved and we wish Maggie the very best of luck for the short list.

We are also delighted to be welcoming author Maggie Shipstead, via live link to LA, to Burford Lit Fest, tickets are on sale now and if you would like a copy of The Great Circle you can click below.

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