When Nights Were Cold

When Nights Were Cold

by Susanna Jones


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ISBN-13: 9780330544849
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 3.30(d)

About the Author

Susanna Jones is the author of The Earthquake Bird, The Missing Person's Guide to Love, and Water Lily. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has won the CWA John Creasey Dagger, a Betty Trask Award, and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

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When Nights Were Cold 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hashford on LibraryThing 19 days ago
The book opens with Grace dreaming of climbing the Matterhorn. We are told that the morrow will be the anniversary of some momentous event that Grace doesn¿t really want to remember ¿ but now the train of thought is started, she cannot help but reminisce.The story then moves back to Grace¿s youth. Her father¿s stories of polar expeditions fill her imagination, and she longs to escape her mundane life. Despite parental resistance, Grace goes to college and studies science. There she meets up with like minded young women and forms the Antarctic Exploration Society.15 years later, Grace looks back on their last climb together (of which, we know she is the only survivor). She unfolds for us a story of female friendship and family tensions, of fascination with polar exploration and longing for adventure, of social change, and in the end, tragedy.I loved the way the story unfolded, and especially the way the reader gradually comes to doubt Grace¿s sanity and/or the truthfulness of her retelling of events. I found the book very atmospheric, and it has some lovely descriptive passages. On the down side, I wasn¿t too convinced by the characterisations of the other women, and I would have liked it to gather more pace and tension towards the end.