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Under a pole star by Stef Penney 

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From Richard and Judy’s autumn selection.

Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of twelve. Years later, in 1892, she returns to lead an expedition to northern Greenland, defying the expectations of those who believe a woman has no place in that harsh world.

Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhatten. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition. Jakob and Flora’s paths cross. Passion and ambition collide as an irresistible attraction is born. The violent extremes of the north obsess them both: perpetual night and endless day; frozen seas and coastal mea-dows, and the strange, maddening pull it exerts on the people chasing glory on its vast expanses.