Cold Earth | Granta

  • Published: 06/05/2021
  • ISBN: 9781783787845
  • Granta Books
  • 288 pages

Cold Earth

Sarah Moss

Six young people meet on an archaeological dig in a remote corner of Greenland. Excavating the unsettling remains of a Norse society under attack, they also come to uncover their own demons, as it becomes apparent that a plague pandemic is sweeping across the planet and communication with the outside world is breaking down. Increasingly unsure whether their missives will ever reach their destination, each of the characters writes a letter to someone close to them, trying to make sense of their situation and expressing their fears and dwindling hope of ever getting back home …

Chilling and remarkable... Moss is a master at evoking suspense

Guardian

Unnerving, ambitious... utterly absorbing and - appropriately enough - very chilling

Daily Mail

I revelled in Cold Earth. Brilliant

Penelope Lively

The Author

SARAH MOSS is the author of eight novels, including Ghost Wall and The Tidal Zone. Her account of her time in Iceland, Names for the Sea, was shortlisted for the 2013 RSL Ondaatje Prize and she has three times been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

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