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
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