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1.    Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez – based on 15 trips to the region, this has become the classic of Arctic writing since it was first published in 2000.

2.    Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven – the amazing account of the only survivor of noted explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s ill-judged experiment to show that white men could survive in the Arctic

3.    White Fang by Jack London – one of the first natures book written during the frontier years that puts itself firmly on the side of nature

4.    People of the Deer by Farley Mowat – caused an international uproar when it was published in 1954 for highlighting the widespread starvation of inland Inuit in Arctic Canada.

5.    Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunuvut edited by John Bennett and Susan Rowley – a wonderful recounting of Arctic history and mythology by the Inuit themselves

6.    The Arctic Voyages of Martin Frobisher: An Elizabethan Adventure by Robert McGhee – explorer literature tends to focus on the Victorian period but Frobisher got there four hundred years earlier. An astonishing story of resilience, grit and the exploring spirit

7.    Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen – the best of the Victorian era explorer accounts, first written in 1897.

8.    Minik – Give Me My Father’s Body: The life of Minik the New York Eskimo by Kevin Spacey and Ken Harper. The poignant and shocking story of the Inuit brought to New York by Arctic explorer Robert Peary then abandoned. Was optioned for a film by Kevin Spacey

9.    The Long Exile: A True Story of Inut Survival and Betrayal by Melanie McGrath. The shocking true story of the forced relocation of Inuit families to the High Arctic by the Canadian Government in the 1950s

10. Of Wolves and Men by Barry Lopez. No one captures the Arctic better than Lopez in this bittersweet recounting of the interaction between men and wolves.