Cormac James was born in Cork, Ireland. He has published short fiction in Columbia, Guernica, AGNI, Phoenix Irish Short Stories and The Dublin Review. He is author of two novels, Track and Field, and recently The Surfacing. He lives in Montpellier, France, with his wife and son.
The Surfacing is set in 1850 on an Admiralty ship – Impetus – searching for Franklin’s lost expedition. It is an entirely male world until Morgan, second-in-command, realises that there is a pregnant stowaway on board and that he is the father. It’s too late to turn back, the ice is closing in and the child will have to be born into the wilderness of the remote Arctic. A powerful and evocative read The Surfacing has recently made it onto Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club recommendations.