A dark and sinister tale of repression and obsession, set in Edwardian England. Grace Farringdon grows up fascinated by the exploits of antarctic explorers, but will never be able to follow in their footsteps- both because she’s a woman and because her repressive parents want to keep her (and her talented sister) at home.
Finally escaping to college, against her parents’ wishes, she meets mountaineer Cecily Parr and starts to follow her dreams. But where will this leave her sister and her friends?
Tragedy follows tragedy in this taut and unsettling book, and we learn that the traumatised and fantasising Farringdon may not have been telling us anything like the truth.
A wonderful (but not in the least comfortable) read.