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Attaining 90 degrees North, the North Pole, has been a quest from around the 16th century to the present. Fergus Fleming's rip-roaring book recounts the efforts made from the mid-19th century to the present, in a wonderfully readable and entertaining style. Whether by sea, sledge or air, and attempted by British, American, German, Austro-Hungarian or Norwegian explorers, the details of each campaign reveal new insights into the arctic environment and human endurance.
Barrow's Boys and Killing Dragons garnered reviews including:
'This is travel history of the best kind: entertaining, informed and opionated' Sunday Times
'Absolutely gripping ... part thriller, part black comedy' Ian Hislop
Fergus Fleming is a freelance writer living in London and Gloucestershire.
'Barrow's Boys, Fergus Fleming's history of British exploration in the first half of the 19th century was an excellent book. Ninety Degrees North...is an even better one' Sunday Telegraph 'This is the sort of book you want to read in front of a blazing fire. It is immensely enjoyable' Daily Telegraph 'Fleming gives us a wonderful story, and tells it exceptionally well' Guardian 'Fleming's is among the best of the [ice] books.... All the great stories are here!' Robert Macfarlane, The Observer 'Travel history at its brilliant best. Best-selling author Fergus Fleming has produced a masterly tale of the race to reach the northern most point of the globe' Irish Independent 'A vividly frostbitten account. The reading, in a warm room, is great fun' The Independent