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In Ascension : Longlisted for The Booker Prize 2023



Paperback 512 pages
ATLANTIC BOOKS 1 February 2024
MacInnes, Martin

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ISBN/SKU: 9781838956271 Categories/Genres: ,


AN INSTANT THE TIMES BESTSELLERBLACKWELL’S BOOK OF THE YEAR’Mesmerising’ Sunday Times’Magnificent’ Guardian’Monumental’ The TelegraphLeigh grew up in Rotterdam, drawn to the waterfront as an escape from her unhappy home life and volatile father. Enchanted by the undersea world of her childhood, she excels in marine biology, travelling the globe to study ancient organisms. When a trench is discovered in the Atlantic ocean, Leigh joins the exploration team, hoping to find evidence of the earth’s first life forms – what she instead finds calls into question everything we know about our own beginnings.

Her discovery leads Leigh to the Mojave desert and an ambitious new space agency. Drawn deeper into the agency’s work, she learns that the Atlantic trench is only one of several related phenomena from across the world, each piece linking up to suggest a pattern beyond human understanding. Leigh knows that to continue working with the agency will mean leaving behind her declining mother and her younger sister, and faces an impossible choice: to remain with her family, or to embark on a journey across the breadth of the cosmos.

‘Utterly compelling’ The Times, Books of the Year’Profound and thrilling’ New Statesman, Books of the Year’A far-reaching epic’ Financial Times, Books of the Year


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