The Magnetic North: Travels in the Arctic

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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 controversy.

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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)

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Over a decade after her exploration of the Antarctic in Terra Incognita, Sara Wheeler uncovers the beautiful, brutal reality of the Arctic.

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