A novel that combines the story of one man's obsession with the extraordinary adventures of the Arctic's first explorers, and the painful and wonderful experience of love. It imaginatively recreates the life of the man whose theories of continental drift - derided in his lifetime - have revolutionised our perception of the world.
This is a rich and fascinating novel that combines the story of one man's obsession with the extraordinary adventures of the Arctic's first explorers, and the painful and wonderful experience of love. In this gripping and beautifully written book, Clare Dudman imaginatively recreates the life of the man whose theories of continental drift - derided in his lifetime - have revolutionised our perception of the world. Reaching record-breaking heights in hot air balloons, almost fatally injured in the First World War, and driven by a passion for ice and for a better understanding of the natural history of the world, Alfred Wegener was an extraordinary man. Dudman's descriptions of glaciers caving in and young men lost in the wilderness are thrilling, but "Wegener's Jigsaw" is also a story of courage: of Wegener's determination to prove his critics wrong, and of his wife's heartbreaking decision to let him go, to follow his dangerous - and ultimately deadly - dream. Wegener's remarkable story is largely unknown, and Dudman - whose magnificent writing has already won her two awards - has created a novel that should become a classic.
'Scrupulously researched and intensely imagined ... an ambitious undertaking - beautifully, sinuously written ... an outstanding delight' -- Scotland on Sunday 'A snowbound narrative that rates a place alongside Jack London, Peter Hoeg and Andrea Barrett' -- Guardian 'Compelling ... a splendid depiction of a time, not so long ago, when science could still cost you your life.' -- Jon Turney, Independent 'A beautiful first person narrative of this passionate man's life' -- The Times 'A fascinating thriller.' -- Sunday Business Post 'Crisp, poetic prose' -- Observer 20030330 'Mesmerisingly beautiful' -- Bookseller 20030330
About Clare Dudman
Clare Dudman was born in North Wales and educated at the University of Durham and King's College London. In 1995 her children's novel won the Kathleen Fidler Award, and in 2001 she received a prestigious Arts Council Award for WEGENER'S JIGSAW.
Wegener's Jigsaw by Clare Dudman
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