The Magnetic North: Travels in the Arctic

By Sara Wheeler



Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herding reindeer across the tundra with Lapps and shadowing the Trans-Alaskan pipeline with truckers, the author discovers a complex and ambiguous land belonging both to ancient myth and modern controvery.

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"A wise, provoking and zestful chronicle, poetic, often tragic and always engaging. Wheeler, a prolific raconteur of distant places, has created the finest book on the Arctic since Hugh Brody's The Other Side of Eden" -- Rory MacLean Sunday Times "An excellent narrator, intelligent, amusing, poetic and down to earth" -- Fergus Fleming Literary Review "Her adventurous spirit, tireless intelligence, and joy shine through...a rare and precious talent" -- Roger Hutchinson Scotsman "Beautiful and terrifying" The Times "Wheeler's book teaches a lot about what is happening in the far north, which is valuable" -- Kathleen James Guardian

Author Biography

Sara Wheeler's books include the international bestseller Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, of which the Telegraph reviewer wrote, 'I do not think there will ever be a better book on the Antarctic.' The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle was chosen as Book of the Year by Will Self, Michael Palin, A. N. Wilson and others. Sara's last book was Access All Areas: Selected Writings 1990-2010. She has published two biographies of travellers: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and Too Close to the Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton, and was immensely relieved to write about women at last in O My America!. She lives in London.