Icebreaker

Icebreaker A Voyage Far North

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Synopsis

*A Newstatesman Book of the Year*

'Nimble, vital, unexpectedly affecting' Observer

Bestselling travel writer Horatio Clare joins an icebreaker for a voyage through the ice-packs of the far north.

'We are celebrating a hundred years since independence this year: how would you like to travel on a government icebreaker?'


A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic circle. Travelling with the crew of Icebreaker Otso, Horatio, whose last adventure saw him embedded on Maersk container vessels for the bestseller Down to the Sea in Ships, discovers stories of Finland, of her mariners and of ice.


Aboard Otso Horatio gets to know the men who make up her crew, and explores Finland's history and character. Surrounded by the extraordinary colours and conditions of a frozen sea, he also comes to understand something of the complexity and fragile beauty of ice, a near-miraculous substance which cools the planet, gives the stars their twinkle and which may hold all our futures in its crystals.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781784706791
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 914.897044
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 213
Weight: 210g
Height: 138mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 14mm