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Issue – Granta
The Scab – Guernica
Notes on Craft – Granta
Some thoughts on The Surfacing – The Irish Times
A conversation with Philip Hoare, comparing and contrasting THE SURFACING and his book THE SEA INSIDE – Literary Hub
THE SURFACING is set in the 1850s, on board an Admiralty ship searching for Franklin’s lost expedition. It’s an entirely male world – until Morgan, second-in-command of the Impetus, realises that there is a pregnant stowaway on board, and that he is the father. It is too late to turn back, the ice is closing in, and the child will have to be born into the wilderness of the remote Arctic.
Track and Field
The last days of the Irish Civil War. At dawn, three men load their brother’s coffin onto a truck and begin the long journey home to bury him. Their journey carries them into a sequence of seemingly inevitable trials – blown bridges, hostile locals, roadblocks, a ferry across a river in the dusk. At each encounter, the tension mounts. Night falls. To reach their destination, they must travel ever deeper into a lawless world, towards the coincidence of darkness, chaos, and violence.