Balloonist A Novel
The Balloonist
A Novel
By Macdonald Harris
Introduction by Philip Pullman
  • Imprint: The Overlook Press
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2012
  • Price: $14.95
  • Trim Size: 5.35 x 7.97
  • ISBN: 978-1-59020-980-6
  • EAN: 9781590209806
  • Page Count: 256
  • Format: Paperback

It is July 1897, at the northernmost reach of the inhabited world. A Swedish scientist, an American journalist, and a young, French-speaking adventurer climb into a wicker gondola suspended beneath a huge, red-and-white balloon. The ropes are cut, the balloon rises, and the three begin their voyage: an attempt to become the first people to set foot on the North Pole, and return, borne on the wind. Philip Pullman says in his foreword: "Once I open any of MacDonald Harris's novels I find it almost impossible not to turn and read on, so delightful is the sensation of a sharp intelligence at work. In The Balloonist , we see all of his qualities at their best."