The Comet Seekers
Roisin and Francois first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica. And everything changes. While Roisin grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies and for all there is to discover about the world, Francois was raised by his beautiful young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past. As we loop back through their lives, glimpsing each of them only when a comet is visible in the skies above, we see how their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment. Theirs are lives filled with love and hope and heartbreak, in a story that shows how strangers can be connected and ghosts can be real, and the world can be as lonely or as beautiful as the comets themselves.
"Haunting and beautiful, THE COMET SEEKERS follows a constellation of lives from modern Antarctica to medieval England, all of them connected by an extraordinary mystery hidden deep in the past. A captivating story, deftly told, about those who are driven to explore, and those who must stay behind" -- Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI "The Comet Seekers is a brave and tender debut from one of the brightest new stars of the literary world. It's one of the most vivid, original and magical books I've read in years" -- Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers "Readers will be enveloped in the magical world that Sedgwick creates and will grapple with the big issues she tackles-love, family, freedom, and loneliness. Those who are drawn to intimate stories of family drama are sure to respond to this beautiful, character-driven novel" Booklist "[A] solidly imagined debut." -- Franscesco Angelini Sunday Times "[A] magical debut...a gorgeous novel that should resonate with fans of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife... A breathtaking tale full of love, hope and heartbreak. You'll be utterly captivated from the first page." Elle
Helen Sedgwick has an MLitt in Creative Writing (distinction) from Glasgow University. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2012, and her writing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and widely published in magazines and anthologies. Before writing her debut novel, she was a research physicist, with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University.