This is the story of one Englishman's obsession with a half-frozen, roughly duck-shaped island in the cold North Atlantic. 'Iceland, Defrosted' is less about wars over cod, flight-halting volcanoes and globe-shattering financiers, and more about relaxing in natural hot pots, sharing barbeques in howling winter storms and eating waffles and rhubarb jam while watching playful Arctic foxes. Oh, and desperately, desperately searching for the elusive Northern Lights (which might not exist anyway). Loosely based on a circuitous route around Iceland, it concentrates on places, people and experiences, soundtracked by the coolest Icelandic musicians, all wrapped up in the warmest lopapeysa and jump-started with the strongest coffee. It is a story that's almost a love letter, born from a constant yearning for this special place and fuelled by a growing understanding and a desire to uncover the real Iceland.
- Paperback | 290 pages
- 127 x 203 x 16mm | 318g
- 17 Jun 2013
- SilverWood Books Ltd
- Bristol, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
Table of contents
Map of Iceland A Stone's Throw Hot Pots and Hot Dogs The Beautiful South Hopelandic Urban Puffin Patrol Great Find, Huh? Lord of the Arctic A Feast with the Huldufolk A Plump of Hook-Nosed Sea Pigs A Creative Bunch Dauoalogn Sea Monsters of the West Fjords Blink and Save
"Writes with wit and humor. Wonderful descriptions of Iceland as a country and as his home from home." - READER RECOMMENDATION 'THE GUARDIAN' // "A devoted fan of all things Icelandic - and particularly Icelandic music - Edward Hancox has shared his amusing anecdotes the world over through his colorful columns on 'Iceland Review' online. His readers will be sure to welcome his publishing debut." - EYGLO ARNARSDOTTIR 'ICELAND REVIEW' // "A quirky, easy-reading insight into the country." - 'WANDERLUST' // "Get rid of your guidebook immediately and instead bring along Hancox's comical and honest suggestions." - 'ICELAND REVIEW' // "A deeply personal tale with a warm-hearted focus." - 'NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER' // "His words have stayed with me and whilst travelling I had a little 'Iceland, Defrosted' voice in the back of my head." - CHARLOTTE THEOBOLD 'ARCTIC ADVENTURES' // "Hancox knows his Bjork from his Borko." - OLAFUR ARNALDS (musician and composer)
About Edward Hancox
Edward Hancox lives in the UK with his wife and small, noisy child but spends as much time as he can in Iceland. Music - especially contemporary Icelandic music - is his other passion. He writes about both subjects for various magazines and websites, including 'Iceland Review', 'Atlantica', and the 'Reykjavik Grapevine', and on his blog, icelanddefrosted.com. Edward enjoys growing plants, which, not unlike himself, are tall and thin. He has had particular success with bamboo and rhubarb. It is not possible to grow bamboo in Iceland, but rhubarb is surprisingly prevalent.