The Ice Master

Jennifer Niven

05 July 2012
456 pages


Drawing on previously unpublished letters of journals of crew members, their descendants and, astonishingly, interviews with survivors, Jennifer Niven's book is a riveting account of one of the most ambitious - and disastrous - Arctic expeditions ever mounted. It is a story about unlikely heroes and unexpected villains - humans reduced to their primal needs by the infinite power and mystery of nature...

'For more than 30 years I have been reading polar survival stories, but none so gripping and meticulously based on the written accounts of the survivors as The Ice Master' Ranulph Fiennes, Daily Mail

'A powerful narrative' Independent

'Riveting and meticulously researched' Sunday Telegraph

'Niven's remarkable epic is something astonishing read.' Publishing News

'With so much repetitive polar stuff on the market, it is a relief to come across something fresh' Literary Review