Riding the Ice Wind

by Alastair Vere Nicoll

In Brief

In 2005 four men set out to cross Antarctica, using kites to help them haul sledges across the perilous snow and ice. The journey became a personal race against time as Alastair Vere Nicoll fought to return home from the icy wastes in time for the birth of his first child. Riding the Ice Wind is an examination of the nature of escapism, the romantic yearning for adventure and the crossing of two thresholds in life – from youth to manhood, and from frivolity to responsibility.

Why you should read it

Riding the Ice Wind is a deeply personal and literary take on polar exploration, very different from the usual adventure travelogue. Ruthlessly honest, it uses the journey as a tableau to consider themes that are as relevant to real life as to adventure, told in an honest, engaging and quietly philosophical voice.

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