Ed O'Loughlin was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He reported from Africa for the Irish Times and other papers, and was Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age of Melbourne. His first novel, Not Untrue and Not Unkind, was long listed for the 2009 Man Booker Prize. His second novel, Toploader, was published in 2011.
"A tour de force juggling act of narrative legerdemain." -Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who delight in history and mystery mixed together will appreciate O'Loughlin's shifting drifts of reality and imagination."--Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Minds of Winter is a remarkable feat of imagination, empathy, and research. Past and present merge to convey the polar landscape's immense mysteries, and the lives of those voyagers compelled to seek answers in its icy expanses. Ed O'Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel."--Ron Rash, New York Times best-selling author
"O'Loughlin's novel is a hymn to human endurance. There will be few better historical novels published this year."--The Sunday Times of London
"For those interested in the obsessions of polar exploration, this is a compelling and suitably idiosyncratic voyage into its strange motivations."--The Australian
"Intricately structured."--Times Literary Supplement
"A compelling and hugely ambitious novel."
--Irish Mail on Sunday
"Gripping . . . O'Loughlin is operating at the interstices of truth and history, of that which can be known and that which cannot . . . The final pages seem inevitable, as great endings must; the whole novel wondrous in its tone and reach."
--Eoin McNamee, The Irish Times
"A book that gets you down to the marrow. The compass of Ed O'Loughlin's Minds of Winter points north by northnorth. Up and up it goes, drawn by husky dogs towards the North Pole, chillier and chillier by degrees, frostbitten, snow-blind, but determined . . . Thrilling, Boys' Own, Hornblower stuff."
--Laura Freeman, Spectator
"Minds of Winter is an ambitious novel, sweeping in scope, about the golden age of Polar scientific exploration and the motivations behind the men who conquered the lands of everlasting winter. It also provides a historical backdrop to delve into the inner lives of some of the most renowned explorers, such as Roald Amundsen, Sir John Franklin, and Cecil Meares."--Carmen's Books and Movies
"Author Ed O'Loughlin has masterfully drawn everything together. It takes talent to be able to plot out a mystery and to leave clues and little breadcrumbs for the readers. I would recommend this to folks who enjoy historical mysteries and multiple story lines. If you enjoy Ken Follett, this would be a great one for you. All in all a great read and a truly memorable ending."--Mountains on the Horizon
"A haunting novel of the Arctic . . . Who knows what might emerge from those regions of the Arctic so cold and dark not even Inuit will venture there? Perhaps it is the ease by which the Arctic can kill you that gives O'Loughlin's novel its force."--Philip Marchand, The National Post
Praise for Not Untrue and Not Unkind
"A graceful writer."--The Guardian