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unique description of the Arctic regions
on 13 July 2010
Sara Wheeler's previous book about the Antarctic was a revelation and lived on in the mind for many years after reading it. Ten years - and two children - on 'The Magnetic North: Travels in the Arctic' finds her at the opposite end of the world and is, if anything, better than its predecessor. The book describes a series of journeys, with and without children, that Sara Wheeler takes across and around the vast and complex region that is the Arctic. She excels in describing the complexities of life there and, while never being anything other than compassionately clear-eyed, is especially eloquent in bearing witness to the appalling damage done to the way of life of the native people of the Arctic region by the many nations that lay claim to sovereignty over it. Wheeler's writing is clear, concise and often wryly funny. Overall, a terrific read.