'Often startlingly good ... The perfect fireside companion' Observer.
'Gopnik's mind darts about like mercury as he tells his tale' The Times.
'Brilliantly insightful ... Any writer who can take subjects as diverse as Wilson Bentley's snow crystal photographs, Dickens's Christmas stories and the myth that the Inuit have dozens of different words for snow, and find something original and interesting to say about each of them, has to be worth reading' Sunday Times.
'Makes chilliness worth every minute' The Economist.
From the Inside Flap
Winter takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists and thinkers who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. Beginning at the dawn of the Romantic era, perhaps the first time in history when mankind was sufficiently protected from the cold that the joy, fear, exhilaration, magnetic appeal and mysterious attraction of winter could be felt as an aesthetic experience rather than a physical discomfort, Adam Gopnik's captivating narrative shows how a love of winter has become, for many, part of the modern condition. Along the way we learn how a poem by William Cowper heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space; and how a bet in 1865 between a St. Moritz hotelier and four Englishmen led to the birth of winter sports. With every step this kaleidoscopic take on a season dazzles, surprises and entertains.
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