"anxiety of influence"

This is a reference to the literary critic Harold Bloom who set out a literary theory that many writers suffer an Oedipal connection to pre-cursor writers who they deeply admired but whom they powerfully reject in their writing, while continuing to be subliminally influenced.

Explorers, too, wish to follow in the footsteps of - but also to surpass - their heroes, a further link between the journey of a writer and that of polar exploration drawn in Riding the Ice Wind.