The Pursuit of William Abbey

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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A hauntingly powerful novel about how the choices we make can stay with us forever, by the award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and 84K.

South Africa in the 1880s. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. As the child dies, his mother curses William.

William begins to understand what the curse means when the shadow of the dead boy starts following him across the world. It never stops, never rests. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die.

Gripping, moving, and thought-provoking, The Pursuit of William Abbey proves once again that Claire North is one of the most innovative voices in modern fiction.

Previous books by Claire North:
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Touch
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
The End of the Day
84K
The Gameshouse

Previous books written as Kate Griffin:
Matthew Swift novels:
A Madness of Angels
The Midnight Mayor
The Neon Court
The Minority Council

Magicals Anonymous novels:
Stray Souls
The Glass God

©2019 Claire North (P)2019 Orbit

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"True love, life, and death, what's worth dying - or killing - for: It's all here in this gripping, bloody, and haunting novel." (Kirkus)

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NOTE: Descriptive racist cruelty

Claire North fan, BUT...Character's confession--former-racist callousness--including standing by while child brutalized--was upsetting for me--an African-American listener.

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