118 pages, 8 plates with colour photos
Beneath the Ice tells the fascinating, often troubling, story of the Sami – the indigenous people of the Scandinavian Arctic. A proud and resilient people in an unforgiving yet stunningly beautiful northern wildscape, the Sami have carved out an existence rich in tradition, where the old ways of reindeer herding, shamanic belief and the veneration of bears have not yet been forgotten. Author Kenneth Steven celebrates this unique culture in a collection of essays that chronicle his own lifelong love affair with the north, and his own encounters with the Sami. Displaying a deep empathy, he finds a people often persecuted and a community under threat from modernity and climate change. But he also uncovers the Sami's idiosyncratic culture – and captures the very essence of northern spirit.
"A poetic voice of great sensitivity."
– Alexander McCall Smith
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Kenneth Steven is a successful poet, novelist and children's writer who has published some 25 books. His stories have been read on BBC Radio 4 and he takes part in literacy projects to encourage reading and writing for children, often in schools. Much of his work concerns his deep love of, and concern for, the natural environment.