Travels in Antarctica
A modern classic on exploring and understanding the most uncharted place on our planet.
A modern classic on exploring and understanding the Antarctic, the most uncharted place on our planet.
Terra Incognita is a meditation on the landscape, myths and history of one of the remotest parts of the globe, as well as an encounter with the international temporary residents of the region - living in close confinement despite the surrounding acres of white space - and the mechanics of day-to-day life in extraordinary conditions. Through Sara Wheeler, the Antarctic is revealed, in all its seductive mystery.
'Antarctica could hope for no better chronicler: spirited, humorous and highly intelligent, she is also a writer of rare talent' Observer
“Antarctica could hope for no better chronicler: spirited, humorous and highly intelligent, she is also a writer of rare talent”
“Penetrating, vivacious and often amusing, Wheeler's record has a sharp authenticity”
“She writes with a consistent wry wit... she never lacks empathy, compassion or generosity for people whose values, background and gender were the polar opposite of hers...What she has done could not be done better”
“Her book is an impressive achievement, one genuinely brushed by the ghosts of the past”
Beryl Bainbridge, Literary Review
“Terra Incognita deserves to be a bestseller...a wonderful book and terrific corrective to the polar bulldust periodically emitted by Sir Ralph Wotsisname and others of his ilk”
“Every phrase, every observation twitches with life; every colour seems her own. Forget Antarctica, the mind is a big place, too. I found myself falling for this writer's strong, incisive wisdom even more than the ice sheet and penguins”
Julie Myerson, Mail on Sunday
“I cannot believe that anything better will ever be written about Antarctica”
Geoffrey Moorhouse, Daily Telegraph