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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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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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The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

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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Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

Introducing: Brushing Off the Dust!  Old reviews revisited. Before I launched this current public blog I used to write and share book reviews with a small circle of friends elsewhere. I discovered some of my all-time favourite reads during this … Continue reading

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Alone On The Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts

First Published: 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “To go where no one else had ever been, to see vistas that no human eye had previously beheld – those were the deeds … Continue reading

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Victim of the Aurora by Thomas Keneally

First Published: 1977 by William Collins Sons & Co. (Sceptre 2nd ed. 1994) My copy: Bought second-hand in paperback Memorable quote: “We’re in a unique position. It is far less dangerous to let the criminal escape than to admit the … Continue reading

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Pole Dance by Tom Avery

Published: 2004 by Orion Books My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Although I can partially relate to how Shackleton felt about his own performance, I find it astonishing that he managed to hold himself together. … Continue reading

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The Nature of Ice by Robyn Mundy

Published: 2009 by Allen & Unwin My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “So easy to forget that sea ice is only a veneer, inherently flawed, skin-deep as desire, so transitory as to be scattered out to sea, displaced by … Continue reading

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