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TransAtlantic - Colum McCann

TransAtlantic - Colum McCann

Title: TransAtlantic

Author:  Colum McCann

ISBN:  9781408829370

Weight:  995 g

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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

1919.  Emily Ehrlich watches as two young airmen, Alcock and Brown, emerge from the carnage of the First World War to pilot the very first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to the west of Ireland.  Among the letters being carried on the aircraft is one which will not be opened for almost a hundred years.

1845.  Frederick Douglass, a black American slave, lands in Ireland to champion ideas of democracy and freedom, only to find a famine unfurling at his feet.  On his travels, he inspires a young maid to go to New York to embrace a free world, but the land does not always fulfil its promises for her.  From the violent battlefields of the Civil War to the ice lakes of northern Missouri, it is her youngest daughter Emily who eventually finds her way back to Ireland.

1998.  Senator George Mitchell criss-crosses the ocean in search of an elusive Irish peace.  How many more bereaved mothers and grandmothers must he meet before an agreement can be reached?

Elegantly stitching these stories together, National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann explores the fine line between what is real and what is imagined, between fiction and non-fiction, between promise and memory.  Can we pass from the new world to the old?  How does the past shape the future?  How does even the most unassuming moment of grace have a ripple effect on our lives?

Intricately crafted, poetic and deeply affecting, TransAtlantic is an outstanding act of literary bravura.

Peer & Press Reviews

This novel is beautifully hypnotic in its movements, from the grand (between two continents, across three centuries) to the most subtle.  Silkily threading together public events and private feelings, TransAtlantic says no to death with every line.  Those who can’t see the point of historical novels will find their answer here: in all intelligent fiction, the past has not passed.

Emma Donoghue

A marvellously engrossing journey, studded with ideas and lyrical treats.


Colum McCann is a very gifted, charming writer; in full, rhapsodic-onrush mode, he is hard to resist.  TransAtlantic is deft, well crafted, and broad in its imaginative range.  The many people who loved his last novel will certainly enjoy this one.


Bibliographic Info

Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 – shortlist

Man Booker Prize 2013 – longlist

Book Stats
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781408829370
ISBN 101408829371
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 33mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographDustin Aksland
Book designBarbara M. Bachman
Jacket designHolly MacDonald
Title page artGetty images / Hulton Archive 
Jacket photographHulton Archive / Getty

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