Category Archives: Polar Ponderings

White by Marie Darrieussecq

Translated from the original French by Ian Monk Published: 2003 (English translation by Faber and Faber, 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “The absent horizon, lifted away from the ground. The ground and sky now uncertain. But … Continue reading

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Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

Firstly, I must apologise for my unannounced hiatus from book blogging in recent weeks: I’ve been extremely busy with some major projects for my work and I’ve also been away staying my with in-laws (who live in a rather wonderful, … Continue reading

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Ice by Anna Kavan

First published: 1967 (Peter Owen paperback 2006) My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I felt a fearful sense of pressure and urgency, there was no time to lose, I was wasting time; it was a … Continue reading

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One Day The Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead by Clare Dudman

First Published: as Wegener’s Jigsaw 2003 (Penguin edition 2005) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “I imagine the ground beneath my feet shifting slowly. What is the point in fighting for territory if that territory moves? The thought … Continue reading

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Film review: The Ghost of Piramida

Something visual: my first film review on this blog! Although Roxploration is first and foremost a book blog, I’ve decided I may occasionally review other media if their subjects fit particularly well with the ethos of my blog. The Ghost … Continue reading

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The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett

First Published: 1998 (Kindle ed. 2012 by Fourth Estate) My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Do you ever feel this in your travels out west? That all the unexplored parts of the world are closing their doors; that so … Continue reading

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The Terror by Dan Simmons

Published: 2007 by Bantam My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “The blue flame in his chest had burrowed towards his heart like some alien entity, lingered like a disease, and centered in him as an almost unwanted core of … Continue reading

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Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Sara Wheeler

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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When Nights Were Cold by Susanna Jones

Published: 2012 by Mantle My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Surely, I thought, if my father could travel through the tropics and into the Arctic Circle, if my neighbour could reach the Antarctic and walk on ice, if Frank … Continue reading

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Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski

Published: 1998 by Granta My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “If I trace it back, that wish for a whiteout began with the idea of being an inmate in a psychiatric hospital. Not during my first … Continue reading

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