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On a dark, wet London morning in 1857, Chester Ludlow, an American engineer, arrives on the muddy banks of the Isle of Dogs to witness the launch of the largest steamship ever built, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's The Great Eastern. Ludlow, propelled by fierce ambition, is a key member of a small consortium whose ambition is to lay the first transatlantic telegraph cable. He has abandoned his fragile wife, Franny, on their estate in Maine. The couple are still in deep mourning for their daughter who died in a tragic accident, aged only four. As chief engineer, the charismatic Ludlow finds himself caught up not only in the new technology but also in the business of promotion, in order to fund this massively ambitious project. And this brings him in touch with a woman who will exert the most powerful influence on his life and work - the beautiful and enigmatic Katerina Lindt. As both Ludlow and Franny's lives start to unravel, they find themselves caught up in a relentless tide of change crashing across both continents and blurring the boundaries between the physical and the spiritual worlds.
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"A riveting read - big, bold, rambunctious and very rewarding" (Richard Russo, author of EMPIRE FALLS)
"Griesemer's energetic plotting and prose mirror the vigour of the age he describes" (New York Times)
"Ambition, failure, triumph, love, betrayal, farce, and spirt-conjuring - these are some of the subjects powerfully animated in this grand novel. John Griesemer is a masterful writer" (Joanna Scott, author of ARROGANCE)
"Griesemer's novel has the courage of ambition and deserves serious praise for that alone" (Time Out)
"Capacious, gutsy and gratifying" (Joseph O'Connor, author of STAR OF THE SEA)
'Capacious, gutsy and gratifying'Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea
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