Six extraordinary women, their renaissance in America, and the most dynamic period in US history.
Sara Wheeler's books include the international bestseller Terra Incognita- Travels in Antarctica, of which the Telegraph reviewer wrote, 'I do not think there will ever be a better book on the Antarctic.' The Magnetic North- Notes from the Arctic Circle, was chosen as Book of the Year by Will Self, Michael Palin, A. N. Wilson and others. She has published two biographies of travellers- Cherry- A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and Too Close to the Sun- The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton, and was immensely relieved to write about women at last in O My America!. She lives in London.
One secret of first-person travel writing is the presence of the
narrator as a good companion. It probably cannot be taught - a
writer either is or is not sympathetic, amusing, insightful and
informative. Sara Wheeler has had it from the off. You want to
travel with her, and you want to travel blind. -- Roger Hutchinson
* Scotsman *
A true celebration. -- Ruth Scurr * Daily Telegraph *
Bracing and ebullient... This is a fresh and unforgettable picture of the country we have been steadily falling out of love with; a second act indeed. -- Frances Wilson * Sunday Telegraph *
Her latest work, published just ahead of International Women's Day on Friday, is perfect for women who want to shake a fist at the fading light. -- Ginny Dougary * Guardian *
A curious and teasing book... Wheeler is a writer of great composure and energy, and out of these American adventures she fashions something unexpected and compelling, and that is a portrait of a nation under construction. -- Anthony Sattin * Spectator *