Snow by Marcus Sedgwick
One of the finest writers working today, Marcus Sedgwick explores the weather that has most affected him throughout life, Snow.
...While his friend and family went in search of sun, sea and sand for their annual holidays, Marcus travelled to the cold and snowy parts of the world: Russia, Scandinavia, the Arctic Circle. Then, five years ago, he moved to a mountain house, an old 'chalet d'alpage, high in the Haute-Savoie. Here for the first time, he truly understood what it meant to live in a place where snowfall shaped the rhythms and boundaries of life.
Imitating the six sides of a snowflake, the six chapters of this book explore the art, literature and science of snow, alongside Marcus Sedgwick's own experiences and memories. Why is snow so powerful to our imagination? So transformative?
As fundamental as our response to darkness and sunlight, our relationship with snow is both universal and deeply personal. By asking whether it really did snow more during his boyhood in Kent, Marcus also explores the implications of climate change for himself, asking if snow could become a thing of the past.
Often featured in his fictional works, this beautiful and thoughtful monograph from one of my favourite authors, offers so much food for thought and is the perfect read as the nights draw in and temperatures dip.