A chilling true story of deception and survival set amidst the Inuit communities of the Canadian Arctic. / 'The Long Exile' traces the true gripping (and largely unknown) tale of the treatment of the Inuit communities in Canada at the turn of the 20th century and beyond. / Melanie McGrath is the bestselling author of 'Silvertown' which has sold over 73,000 copies in the UK alone.
Melanie McGrath is the author of three previous books, `Motel Nirvana', `Hard, Soft & Wet' and `Silvertown'. She is a regular contributor for the Guardian, Independent and the Express. She lives in Vauxhall, London.
'[McGrath] offers a carefully imagined portrait of the appalling lives of the Inuit on Ellesmere Island. This is a story of official wrong-headedness and arrogance and McGrath relays it with compassion. The narrative is gripping.' Guardian 'Melanie McGrath's tragic tale has an icy ring of truth that wrings the heart.' The Times 'Melanie McGrath is a gifted, passionate and sensitive story-teller and through her the authentic voice of the Arctic, not the clarion call of great white explorers, rings loud and clear. She gets right under the Inuit's seal-skin parkas; her research is meticulous, her touch is light, her understanding and invisibility are the absolute opposite of the years of foreign domination. Her play with language is disarming and original. Fresh, illuminating and heartbreaking history.' Sunday Telegraph 'Poignant and humane book. McGrath, who tracked down some of the survivors as well as traveling in the territory, tells an impressively researched and often poetic story.' Observer 'McGrath also has a wonderful feel for landscape and so the Arctic itself assumes the life of a character.The language is lovely. Modulated, lyrical and beautiful as the stark nature it describes, it makes McGrath's book more than a fascinating and instructive read. It makes it a joyful one.' Evening Standard