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Under a Pole Star

Stef Penney

Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve. In 1889, the whaler's daughter from Dundee - dubbed by the press "The Snow Queen" - sets out to become a scientist and explorer. She struggles to be taken seriously but determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition, despite the many who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men. Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition, led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When Jakob and Flora's paths cross, it is a fateful meeting. All three become obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies. Armitage's ruthless desire to be the true leader of polar discovery takes him and his men on a mission whose tragic outcome will reverberate for years to come. Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siecle 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.

Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve. In 1889, the whaler's daughter from Dundee - dubbed by the press "The Snow Queen" - sets out to become a scientist and explorer. She struggles to be taken seriously but determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition, despite the many who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men. Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition, led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When Jakob and Flora's paths cross, it is a fateful meeting. All three become obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies. Armitage's ruthless desire to be the true leader of polar discovery takes him and his men on a mission whose tragic outcome will reverberate for years to come. Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siecle 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.
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Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve. In 1889, the whaler's daughter from Dundee - dubbed by the press "The Snow Queen" - sets out to become a scientist and explorer. She struggles to be taken seriously but determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland at the head of a British expedition, despite the many who believe that a young woman has no place in this harsh world of men. Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition, led by the furiously driven Lester Armitage. When Jakob and Flora's paths cross, it is a fateful meeting. All three become obsessed with the north, a place where violent extremes exist side by side: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal meadows; heroism and lies. Armitage's ruthless desire to be the true leader of polar discovery takes him and his men on a mission whose tragic outcome will reverberate for years to come. Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siecle 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cathleen McCarron, Thomas Judd

Length:

20h 9m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

37:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

32:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

33:39


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

36:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

26:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

42:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

37:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

21:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:12


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

14:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

12:40


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

13:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

30:29


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

32:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

10:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

15:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

18:55


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

20:15


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

17:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

17:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

22:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

28:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

13:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

14:12


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

14:25


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

14:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

10:23


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:01


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:29