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A World with No Shore: A Novel

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Awards for A World with No Shore

  • Winner of the François Billetdoux 2020
  • Longlisted for Le Prix Goncourt
  • Shortlisted for Le Prix Joseph Kessel

About the author

Hélène Gaudy

Born in Paris in 1979, Hélène Gaudy studied at the school of decorative arts in Strasbourg. She is a member of the Inculte collective and lives in Paris. She is the author of six novels and has also written some dozen books for children.

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Stephanie Smee

Stephanie Smee left a career in law to work as a literary translator. Recent translations include Hannelore Cayre’s The Inheritors and The Godmother (winner of the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger award), Françoise Frenkel’s …

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Praise for A World with No Shore

‘Luminous. A writer you feel envious of. The beautiful prose weaves a net of wonder around you.’ —Nikki Gemmell

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this taut rumination on grief, memory and human connection. Hélène Gaudy’s exquisite prose will hook you from the very first line and Stephanie Smee’s thoughtful translation perfectly captures the cold beauty of the Arctic regions. This book is a real gift.’ —Lauren Chater

‘Hélène Gaudy provides a profound and thought-provoking meditation on the human need to explore and discover, in a book that blurs the boundaries between history, fiction and reportage.’ —Kate Forsyth

‘Surveyed with the acuity of an ivory gull hovering above the Arctic ice, Hélène Gaudy fully inhabits this dazzling story of exploration, mystery and loss, in a sweep of human endeavour.’ —Robyn Mundy, author of Cold Coast, Wildlight, The Nature of Ice, Epic Adventure: Epic Voyages

'A World with No Shore is a deserved award-winning novel that leaves you with a profound sense of grief, longing and loss, but more significantly, love, dedication, and an adventurous spirit.' —Good Reading Magazine

'Gaudy’s setting of a love affair against the unforgiving yet intoxicating atmosphere of the North Pole makes for an addictive reading experience.' —Happy Mag

'Hauntingly harrowing.' – The Australian Women's Weekly

'Hélène Gaudy's perspective binds together past and present, human and natural worlds, solitary explorers and the civilisation they leave behind, all with knowing intelligence and plangent intensity of feeling.' —The Saturday Paper

‘Gaudy ... artfully combines a tale of lost love with a spellbinding reflection, inspired by historical evidence, on the drive to confront the unknown.’—The Sydney Morning Herald

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