I am a novelist. My first novel Incredible Bodies was published in the UK by Bloomsbury in 2006. The German translation (Klugsheisser) was published by Goldmann in 2008. My second novel, The North Water, a literary thriller set on a nineteenth-century arctic whaling ship was published by Scribner in 2016. It was long-listed for the Man Booker prize and won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award and the HWA Gold Crown award. It was chosen as one of the top ten books of 2016 by the New York Times and will be made into a BBC mini-series written and directed by Andrew Haigh.