Access All Areas
Collects the best essays by an extreme travel writer, including her forays into Albania and the Arctic, a trip aboard the
In vivid, urgent books such as Terra Incognita and The Magnetic North, Sara Wheeler reckoned with the allure and brutality of life on the fringes, exploring distant lands with an extraordinary sensitivity to history, to place, and to the people who inhabit them.
Access All Areas collects the best essays and journalism by a writer who has used extreme travel as a means to explore an inner landscape. Ranging from Albania to the Arctic, Wheeler attends a religion seminar aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 and defrosts her underwear inside an igloo. She treks to distant Tierra del Fuego—“a place where nothing ever happened”—and to the swamps of Malawi, a place so hot that toads explode. She crosses dubious borders with nothing but a kidney donor card for ID and learns to wing walk and belly dance, though not at the same time.
Charming, scathing, restless, and eternally amused, the writer we meet in Access All Areas has spent a lifetime investigating roots and rootlessness. Seeking only to satisfy her own curiosity, Wheeler shows us the world.
Collects the best essays by an extreme travel writer, including her forays into Albania and the Arctic, a trip aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, a trek to Tierra del Fuego, and a slog through the swamps of Malawi.
selected writings 1990-2011
Tierra del Fuego
Malawi: dead in the long run
Colorado: bringing lynx home
Kerala: killing elephants, and how to avoid it
The sea islands of Georgia
Tips about icebergs: the polar regions: The igloo papers ; The South Pole ; Frozen ten years ; No, no, Nanook
Solovki: Russia in miniature. Part II: Role models: Mary Kingsley: travels in West Africa
Domestic manners of the Americans
Apsley Cherry-Garrard: bad trips
Four biographies: Chewing cement: Martha Gellhorn ; Fucking the tea cozy: Bruce Chatwin ; Fiction never lies: V. S. Naipaul ; Almost castrated: Robert Byron
Nikos Kazantzakis. Part III: Putting a figure on the landscape: Isabella Bird in the Rockies
Chen Yifei: an artist in China
Explorers: Gertrude Bell ; Fridtjoj Nassen ; Captain Scott ; Shackleton's Ross Sea party ; Henry Stanley ; Wilfred Thesiger
Going strong for the top
Writing Ronald Reagan
And so the years passed
Part IV: Staying put: Learning to belly dance
Learning to striptease
Wing walking: oh, the terror
Reading the Argos catalog in bed
Part V: What do I do now? Requiem through Bangladesh
Chile, mi amor
About the author
Biography as a literary form
From the critics
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