The Mariner's Star is a short, sharp, knock-out of a book. It's a gripping, dramatic adventure and a mesmeric love story: the last hours of a woman who has lost those she loves at sea, and sets out to face her own inevitable death. Whether or not she will survive storms and shipwreck in order to kill herself, or to find redemption, makes The Mariner's Star one of the most exciting, shocking, powerful novels you will ever read.
Candida Clark reviews regularly for the Observer and the Telegraph. She is thirty, and lives in Oxford. This is her third novel.