It’s finally here! We’re thrilled that readers can finally transport to Victorian London and the frozen Arctic. Publishing with Simon & Schuster US/CA, Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge is an immersive story about a young woman searching for the truth about her sister, who boarded a ship headed to the frozen Arctic and never returned.
Twenty-year-old Constance Horton has run away from her life in Victorian London, disguising herself as a boy to board the Makepeace, an expedition vessel bound for the icy and unexplored Northwest Passage of the Arctic. She struggles to keep her real identity a secret on the ship, a feat that only grows more difficult when facing off with the constant dangers of the icy North.
Even more dangerous than the cold, the storms, and the hunger, are some of the men aboard—including the ship’s scientist Edison Stowe. He seems to be watching Constance, and she knows that his attention could be fatal.
In London two years later: Maude Horton is searching for the truth. After being told by the British Admiralty that her sister’s death onboard the Makepeace was nothing more than a tragic accident, she receives a diary revealing that Edison Stowe had more of a hand in Constance’s death than the returning crew acknowledged.
In order to get the answers she needs, Maude decides to shadow Edison. She joins him on a new venture he’s started to capitalize on the murder mania that has all of London in a frenzy—a travel company that takes guests around the country via train to witness public hangings—to extract the truth from him in any way possible. As tensions and dangers mount, it ultimately falls to Maude to enact the ultimate revenge to get justice for her sister.
Lizzie Pook is the author of Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter, which was longlisted for the annual Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize and the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award 2022.
Maude Horton’s Glorious Revenge was selected as A Washington Post Most Anticipated Book of January 2024 and has already received a raft of rave reviews.
“Pook takes us on a heart-stopping ride through the dark underbelly of Victorian London and the icy plains of the Arctic. Stunningly written and meticulously researched, this is escapist fiction at its best. Grisly, addictive fun – as glorious as the titular character’s revenge. I devoured it in 24 hours.” –EMILIA HART, author of New York Times bestseller Weyward
“A spellbinding novel set in the frozen Arctic and in London during the height of murder mania…. Pook paints a macabre image of a time when death was often more valuable than life itself.”—Kirkus
“Adventurous and beautifully written. I loved the clever, propulsive storytelling and the wealth of historical detail . . . so accomplished, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”—ROSIE ANDREWS, author of The Leviathan
Huge congratulations, Lizzie! If you haven’t done so already, you can get your copy here. For UK readers, the novel is available to buy from 1st February 2024.