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The Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler
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Jan 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: expeditions, non-fiction

Really interesting book about the people who live in the Arctic Circle. It's easy to forget quite how many countries are partly in the Arctic but she visits them all and describes the lives of the inhabitants, visitors and scientific communities. Bit of a coincidence that I ended up reading this around the same time as Frozen Planet was on the BBC - the last couple of episodes cover some of the same ground. The book is way more in depth though and includes lots of personal anecdotes as well as discussion on climate change, and some of the history of Arctic exploration. I feel like I learnt a lot, even if only that 'lowly member of Polar expedition team' is bottom of my career plans since it pretty much always involves frostbite, living in a cave for 2 years and having to eat your boots.

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