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The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
  

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A young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth. Just after graduating college, Tristan Campbell receives a letter delivered by special courier to his apartment in San Francisco.


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In 1924 English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies, climbing Mount Everest, leaving his inheritance to the lover he hasn’t seen for seven years – Imogen Soames-Andersson. Imogen was never found and the estate remained unclaimed. Eighty years later information surfaces indicating an American, Tristan, could be the rightful heir. With only weeks left before the trust expires, Tristan races against time to find evidence to prove he is Imogen’s descendent. As he delves into the past, via French battlefields and Icelandic fjords, he realises he could be about to uncover far more than he had set out to. This compelling debut novel is a fabulous fast-paced tale of love, history and intrigue.
~ Caroline White

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The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go

In this mesmerizing debut, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth. Just after graduating college, Tristan Campbell receives a letter delivered by special courier to his apartment in San Francisco. It contains the phone number of a Mr. J.F. Prichard of Twyning & Hooper, Solicitors, in London - and news that could change Tristan's life forever. In 1924, Prichard explains, an English alpinist named Ashley Walsingham died attempting to summit Mt. Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson. But the estate was never claimed. Information has recently surfaced suggesting Tristan may be the rightful heir, but unless he can find documented evidence, the fortune will be divided among charitable beneficiaries in less than two months. In a breathless race from London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan pieces together the story of a forbidden affair set against the tumult of the First World War and the pioneer British expeditions to Mt. Everest. Following his instincts through a maze of frenzied research, Tristan soon becomes obsessed with the tragic lovers, and he crosses paths with a mysterious French girl named Mireille who suggests there is more to his quest than he realizes. Tristan must prove that he is related to Imogen to inherit Ashley's fortune - but the more he learns about the couple, the stranger his journey becomes. The Steady Running of the Hour announces the arrival of a stunningly talented author. Part love story, part historical tour de force, Justin Go's novel is utterly compelling, unpredictable, and heartrending.


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A wonderful time-slip story, beautifully written and with a superb sense of place. Go captures the spirit of early twentieth century England perfectly, both in the past and the present, in a novel that is exciting, emotionally engaging and ambitious. I loved it! -- Kate Mosse

Justin Go has written an astonishingly vast, meticulously plotted, and beautifully told novel. In elegant, haunting prose he tells a wartime story that is at once violent and lovely, hopeful and despairing. I won't soon forget Go's passionate, star-crossed lovers and their deeply moving story, set against the riveting, utterly realistic backdrop of the Great War. -- Anton DiSclafani, New York Times bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls


About the Author

Justin Go was born in Los Angeles. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and University College London. The Steady Running of the Hour is his first novel and is being published in twenty languages.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Justin Go

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Hardback

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780434022335

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