In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters.
Thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersive to the ocean floor.
In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance...
"An ambitious narrative that is stark, serene and contemplative...[it] achieves the ultimate goal of any writer: it makes us pause and think, and think again" Irish Times
J. M. Ledgard was born in 1968. He is a foreign correspondent for The Economist in Africa.
"An ambitious narrative that is stark, serene and contemplative...[it] achieves the ultimate goal of any writer: it makes us pause and think, and think again" Irish Times "it's the only fiction I've read in the last few years that has left me open-mouthed" -- David Hepworth Word "Writing of awesome power. In a profound meditation on cruelty, pity, belief, art, science, hope, love and mortality, the novel's truths settle in your consciousness, perhaps never to be forgotten" Independent "JM Ledgard's eclectic and philosophical novel ranges far wider than this latest manifestation of the 'war on terror'... Ledgard creates a prose poem of ideas and images that hops and flits with inspiration" Metro "Submergence succeeds, and is immensely pleasurable, because Ledgard's magnetic north - though incessantly insisted on - is such an uncanny, inhuman and deathly place" -- Toby Litt New Statesman