The Ice

The Ice

Laline Paull

Pub date
Fourth Estate
Trade Paperback 153x234mm
384 pages

Book Overview

As the melting ice of the Midgard glacier expels a frozen corpse into the Barents Sea, long-submerged secrets threaten to come to light.

Discovered near a glamorous wilderness retreat owned by explorer-turned-businessman Hugh Harding, the body is that of his best friend Tom Cawson – lost in an accident on the glacier three years ago, when Harding had been the last person to see him alive.

Their friendship, forged by a shared obsession with Arctic exploration, had often been strained by their differing ambitions. And, as the inquest into Tom’s death begins, the choices made by both men – in love and in life – are put on the stand.

Soon Harding begins to wonder whether Tom was in fact the only one who truly understood the world they were operating in, and whether the price Harding has paid for his place at the establishment’s table is higher than he could ever have imagined.

Because when the ice melts and the water rises, who can you really depend on?

Just how deep do the lies go?

About the author

Laline Paull was born in London of Indian parents. She studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in LA and theatre in London. She is married with children.


An important and powerful novel… strikingly prescientIndependent

No other recent novel I’ve read has such fully realised female characters, even ones who shout their feminist credentials from the rooftops…This is a world of arms dealers, heroic arctic adventurers and power crazed captains of industry. And that’s just the ladies. It’s a business thriller with an eco-edge… Could The Ice be the surprise hit of summer 2017? Thanks to just the right amount of aspirational scene-setting and more holiday porn than a year’s worth of Conde Nast Traveller, this memorable eco-chiller allows you to dream about luxury wood cabins while cursing the evils of capitalism’ The Times

A chilling tale for our times … Fascinating. The chilly environment adds a strange, magical quality – and it will not be lost on readers that, as with her first book, Paull makes some interesting and urgent arguments about the way we treat our planet’ The National

‘By embedding a mystery in layers of melting Arctic ice, Paull brings narrative tension to a phenomenon readers typically encounter only in environmental or scientific reporting … the final pages are a triumph‘ Guardian

It’s just gripping … It’s great. The cover is beautiful and the inside is beautiful’ Marianne Keyes

‘It is a rare treat to find oneself reading a new book with real delight, admiring the prose style and getting caught up in the story. I experienced all of this while reading this fascinating novel set in the near future … what makes The Ice unforgettable is Laline Paull’s well-informed description of the setting and, above all, her outstandingly good writingLiterary Review

‘A gripping, brilliantly textured climate thriller. Its timeliness is chilling. A stunning read’ Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture

‘This is a real page turner’ Observer