Antarctica Dreaming

10 books set in the frozen poles

Like all great journeys, this bookish one starts at the opposite end of the Earth from where it ends up.

An impulse purchase of Gavin Francis's True North set me off on a wholly unexpected reading journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Over the course of a year, I read every book I could get my hands on about Polar exploration. I highly recommend the following books which are not only evocative of the places and people they describe, but are also poignant, utterly brilliant, breath-taking and for this reader, have given me a profound desire to visit Antarctica at some point in my lifetime.

Some, like Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World might stay with you for ever. Some, like Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams might make you question why we treat our wild places with such a lack of respect. And some are simply so damn good, I hope you'll stay the course, find new books to add to the list and keep the journey going.

In the order I read them, but with multiple omissions.

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Debi Gliori

Debi Gliori is a Scottish author and illustrator best known for picture books and novels for children. Her latest book, What's the Time, Mr Wolf? has been shortlisted for a Scottish Children's Book Award in the Bookbug Reader category.