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Edward Hancox
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Book Description

17 Jun 2013
This is the story of one Englishman's obsession with a half-frozen, roughly duck-shaped island in the cold North Atlantic. 'Iceland, Defrosted' is less about wars over cod, flight-halting volcanoes and globe-shattering financiers, and more about relaxing in natural hot pots, sharing barbeques in howling winter storms and eating waffles and rhubarb jam while watching playful Arctic foxes. Oh, and desperately, desperately searching for the elusive Northern Lights (which might not exist anyway). Loosely based on a circuitous route around Iceland, it concentrates on places, people and experiences, soundtracked by the coolest Icelandic musicians, all wrapped up in the warmest lopapeysa and jump-started with the strongest coffee. It is a story that's almost a love letter, born from a constant yearning for this special place and fuelled by a growing understanding and a desire to uncover the real Iceland.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books (17 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781321086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781321089
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Edward Hancox lives in the UK with his wife and small, noisy child but spends as much time as he can in Iceland. Music - especially contemporary Icelandic music - is his other passion. He writes about both subjects for various magazines and websites, including Iceland Review, Atlantica, and the Reykjavík Grapevine, and on his blog, icelanddefrosted.com.

Edward enjoys growing plants, which, not unlike himself, are tall and thin. He has had particular success with bamboo and rhubarb. It is not possible to grow bamboo in Iceland, but rhubarb is surprisingly prevalent.

Praise for Iceland, Defrosted:

'A devoted fan of all things Icelandic - and particularly Icelandic music - Edward Hancox has shared his amusing anecdotes the world over through his colorful columns on Iceland Review online. His readers will be sure to welcome his publishing debut.' Eygló Arnarsdóttir, Iceland Review

'Hancox knows his Björk from his Borko' Ólafur Arnalds (musician & composer)


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"Writes with wit and humor. Wonderful descriptions of Iceland as a country and as his home from home." - READER RECOMMENDATION 'THE GUARDIAN' // "A devoted fan of all things Icelandic - and particularly Icelandic music - Edward Hancox has shared his amusing anecdotes the world over through his colorful columns on 'Iceland Review' online. His readers will be sure to welcome his publishing debut." - EYGLO ARNARSDOTTIR 'ICELAND REVIEW' // "A quirky, easy-reading insight into the country." - 'WANDERLUST' // "Get rid of your guidebook immediately and instead bring along Hancox's comical and honest suggestions." - 'ICELAND REVIEW' // "A deeply personal tale with a warm-hearted focus." - 'NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER' // "His words have stayed with me and whilst travelling I had a little 'Iceland, Defrosted' voice in the back of my head." - CHARLOTTE THEOBOLD 'ARCTIC ADVENTURES' // "Hancox knows his Bjork from his Borko." - OLAFUR ARNALDS (musician and composer)

About the Author

Edward Hancox lives in the UK with his wife and small, noisy child but spends as much time as he can in Iceland. Music - especially contemporary Icelandic music - is his other passion. He writes about both subjects for various magazines and websites, including 'Iceland Review', 'Atlantica', and the 'Reykjavik Grapevine', and on his blog, icelanddefrosted.com. Edward enjoys growing plants, which, not unlike himself, are tall and thin. He has had particular success with bamboo and rhubarb. It is not possible to grow bamboo in Iceland, but rhubarb is surprisingly prevalent.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Iceland, Defrosted 21 Jun 2013
By RR
Format:Kindle Edition
Having been to Iceland on one occasion I thought I had ticked off this as a destination visited..."been there and got the hat/t-shirt/fridge magnet". After reading this wonderful book I have come to realise there is so much more to the island than the capital city. The book is wonderfully written and very witty which skips along at a lovely pace and keeps you thoroughly entertained.
Iceland, Defrosted is a must-read book if you have been to Iceland, planning on going, or just interested in this strange but beautiful island. I must thank the author for sharing his entertaining tales of his adventures in Iceland.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iceland uncovered 8 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
Having never been to Iceland and having a near pathological hatred of the cold, I was intrigued to discover what it was about Iceland that would lead the author to have such a love affair with an entire country. However Edward Hancox uses his broad knowledge, extensive travels and love of Icelandic music, culture and food to bring alive an entire nation and culture so beautifully I find myself wanting to don the layers and brave a flight.
An enjoyable read, it went very quickly due to the easy flow of the writing, the conversational style and humour laced throughout it. Hancox dismisses a number of myths about the Icelandic people and draws on the many friendships he has forged to "access all areas" and gain an insight into Iceland that you won't find in any travelogues or rough guides.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read before travelling 19 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not going to bother with a detailed review. Let's just say that if you're thinking of a trip to Iceland, read this great book first. It's full of useful stuff, plus it's a pleasure to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read with a few "buts" 11 Sep 2013
By Nast
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is overall a very enjoyable read. I like the way it is structured and it is very informative both in an official way (stating various figures etc) but also unofficial (with various stories), giving you an intimate perspective on the country. I could only relate too well to the author's passion for this country so it felt like re-embarking on a journey across Iceland which is rather nice indeed. However, the constant UK bashing felt a bit tiring.I also felt slightly uncomfortable thinking about his wife when he would go on about how special Icelandic girls are. I understand that this is all humourous and although the author tried to dismiss a sense of superiority (over for instance other tourists),he was rather mean at times and it felt like HIS experience of Iceland HAS to be somehow deeper than anyone else's. I would have dismissed the last points but as I was happily reading I couldn't help but cringe quite often over what I've just mentioned. Oh and on a side note I think there are a few typos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Or 'How to Become an Icelandophile'! 6 Sep 2013
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Found this book online on our return from our third trip to Iceland. Undoubtedly, it's a must-read if, like Ed and many of the other reviewers, you've got the Iceland bug but I think it would make a good introduction to the country for anyone thinking of going there for the first time. I liked the style of writing - very flowing and relaxed; a bit like Iceland really! Ed is witty but never resorts to sarcasm to get a cheap laugh or at the expense of the Icelandic people. I loved that - shows real respect. I had a great time reading this book - it took me back to a place I love. I hope he writes a sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into this amazing country. 24 Sep 2013
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Having been fascinated by Iceland for many years i finally managed to make it there for an all too short 5 days in 2006. It was a dream come true and I have always promised myself i will go back there again one day. Now, having read this wonderfully engaging book i feel totally prepared for another visit soon. Iceland Defrosted is such a refreshing read because it's not just about all the usual touristy stuff, as important as that is. Instead, i feel like i have gained a real insight into life in the capital and beyond it too. From descriptions of the vibrant music scene, interesting cuisine, proud history, ever changing weather, great places to stay and most importantly, for me, the descriptions of the human interactions. You could visit Iceland many times as a tourist and perhaps never really understand it until you get to know the people. This book is not only a great introduction for the first time visitor to Iceland but it's also thoroughly good entertainment for those who want a bit more of an in-depth and intelligent read. When's part 2 coming out?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Ed gives a fantastic insight into his passion for Iceland and detailed descriptions of his trips. He Inspires with information about where to go and hints towards some lovely sounding guesthouses and restaurants. The book is really well written, feeling like you could be talking to a friend but also with some practical information and history too. I would definitely recommend this for anyone going to Iceland, living here of just curious to find out more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to go to Iceland NOW! 22 Aug 2013
By Mia
Format:Kindle Edition
Firstly, I should make it clear that I'm not a big fan of the cold (although I do love the snow), my dream holidays are somewhere hot and sunny with a pool and cocktails and I generally find travel guides and bit dull and contrived.
Then I read Iceland Defrosted.
It's brilliant and I am determined to visit Iceland as a result.
You can genuinely feel the love and enthusiasm that Ed Hancox has for the country, its people, places and customs, in a richly-woven yet easy to digest prose that feels more like he is there telling you all about Iceland in person rather than from the pages of a book.
It is less of a travel guide and more of a tribute to what I know agree must be an incredible country. In fact, I was so impressed that I purchased a second copy for my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, who have booked a trip there later this year.
All the must-see tourist spots are covered (including the winkie museum!), along with many lesser-known places. You genuinely feel the internal struggle that the author has telling you about those, as though he is torn between letting the world know their wonder and keeping them a secret so he can enjoy them without hoards of other tourists descending. I'm sorry to say that I will be one of those tourists one day!
I have read books by established authors that have significantly less skill with the written word than Mr Hancox and, had I not known otherwise, would not have believed that this was his first book.
By the end of it, you feel as though the Icelandic friends he talks about are your friends too and find yourself wishing you were there to eat skyr and drink beer with them too.
If you are planning a visit to Iceland, read this book.
In fact, even if you're not planning to go and have never even considered it as a place to visit, read this book anyway. You'll be looking up flights to Iceland before you know it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book About Iceland
I recommend this book totally and without reservation. I enjoyed it from the moment I opened the first page. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Reid Wildman
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK read
I was a little disappointed in this book - although the reason I bought it was because I was about to go to Iceland - so parts of it were very enjoyable as I had been to the places... Read more
Published 3 months ago by D Poston
5.0 out of 5 stars Iceland appreciaters' companion.
I've been to Iceland many times and found that Edward's book was a great read for being able to think to yourself, rather smugly, 'oh yeah, I've been there and I agree' or , more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by papoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I read this book in preparation for a grand tour of Iceland and was swept along by the writer's enthusiasm for Iceland's culture, food, scenic beauty and people. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Goggle-eyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Stories
Reading this book feels like you're sitting in a pub with the author while he tells you about his holidays. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John W
5.0 out of 5 stars Defrosted
An entertaining and informative trip around one of the worlds most intriguing countries, from a truly passionate writer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Hastings
5.0 out of 5 stars You will want to visit Iceland after reading Iceland Defrosted.
I very rarely keep a book to re-read, but this I will. If you've been to Iceland you will want to go back, and if you've never been you will want to go after reading Iceland... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mendal
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!
As a rule, ever since the end of my further education, I only tend to read fiction as I have a love of literature. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Helen C
3.0 out of 5 stars My numerous holidays in Iceland
This book would be more accurately titled "my númerous holidays in Iceland. " There is a lot of padding about other European cities , book shops and names in music... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marion Batley
5.0 out of 5 stars Would definitely recommend to all those who love the country!
I read this whilst on holiday on my own in Iceland. It gives a humorous account of all things Icelandic and inside information that makes this a must read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LR
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