Nancy Campbell – The Library of Ice


A vivid and perceptive audiobook combining memoir and scientific and cultural history with a bewitching account of landscape and place, which will appeal to listeners of Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin and Olivia Laing.

Long captivated by the solid yet impermanent nature of ice, by its stark, rugged beauty,acclaimed poet and writer Nancy Campbell sets out from the worlds northernmost museum – at Upernavik in Greenland – to explore it in all its facets. From the Bodleian Library archives to the traces left by the great polar expeditions, from remote Arctic settlements to the ice houses of Calcutta, she examines the impact of ice on our lives at a time when it is itself under threat from climate change.

The Library of Ice is a fascinating and beautifully rendered evocation of the interplay of people and their environment on a fragile planet and of a writers quest to define the value of her work in a disappearing landscape.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Nancy Campbell
Narrator: Tania Rodrigues
Duration: 10 hours 11 minutes
Released: 18 Jan 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
Language: English

User Review:

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It helped that I grew up in the Great Lakes Region… as for a critique, I was bemused that the book heavily focused on ‘stopping’ the spread of invasive species, and it covered several successful approaches; and it noted how victim species sometimes turn the tables when they discover that the young of the invasive species are tasty treats… So the book is thinking ‘stopping them’ and I’m thinking, ‘all that food’ for a growing human civilization… the book does touch on that ‘gastro’ solution, but far too lightly. One noteworthy quip: “Let’s just fish them into extinction – we are very good at that…”

So contrary to the books premise that invasive species are a plague (to bio-diversity, granted), I noted that they may also be ‘man’s best friend’ – as a swiftly self-producing source of food… so the ideal solution would be to take advantage of that AND maintain bio-diverslty… the field isn’t new, but there is still a lot of research and solution experimentation and implementation to be done…