For the first two years of her life Kari Herbert lived with her mother and father, the explorer Sir Wally Herbert, among the Inuit people in the vast snowy wastes of the High Arctic. Her first words were Inuktun, her first friends the children of hunters and the pull of the place and its people lured the family back several times during her childhood. Then in 2002 she returned to the Arctic alone. She met her childhood friends again, remembered the exhilaration of sledging with dogs across the ice and remembered the language and faces of her early years. She also encountered alarming changes: the uneasy coexistence of modern life and ancient traditions, and of the hopes and tragedy at the heart of this extraordinary and yet deeply familiar community. The Explorer's Daughter tells the story of Kari Herbert's return to this place of family memories and of savage beauty, where her friends still hunt and eat whale meat; and where she rediscovers a compelling world where light and darkness dominate life, and where her memories and new realities live a parallel existence. In a compelling narrative that weaves in family memoir, personal adventure and brilliant evocations of this extraordinary region of the world, The Explorer's Daughter is a unique and haunting story of the Arctic and of home.
Kari Herbert first started travelling at the age of ten months when her father, pioneering explorer Sir Wally Herbert, took Kari and her mother to live among the Polar Inuit on a remote island off the coast of Greenland.
As an author and photographer, her work has been published in magazines and newspapers all over the world, including the Sunday Times, the Independent, and the Guardian. Her first book, 'The Explorer's Daughter' was chosen as Book of the Week by BBC Radio 4. It has since been translated into Danish, Dutch, Italian, and Polish.
Her most recent books include 'In Search of the South Pole' and 'Polar Wives'. Kari is the founding director of Polarworld, an indie publishing company. She lives in Cornwall, England.