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Giles Whittell
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Snow: The biography

Giles Whittell


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How many snowflakes does it take to build a snowman? Why does it feel so good to watch snow fall? Why is snow so quiet? Will it survive global warming and what was the greatest snowstorm in history?

Snow has a lot in common with religion. It comes from heaven. It changes everything. It creates an alternative reality and brings on irrational behaviour in humans. But unlike most religions, snow has never had a bible, until now.

This book is for people who are obsessed with snow, worried that it's all going to melt or who just want more of it in their lives.

It's the next best thing to a white Christmas, an anthropology and travelogue for everyone from ski addicts to the half of the world's population that has never seen snow.

In this lively and engaging book, Giles Whittell, a passionate snow enthusiast, takes the reader on a quest across centuries and continents in search of the meaning of snow. Along the way he reveals the mystery of temperature-dependent crystal morphology, how avalanches happen, the definitive number of Inuit words for snow and the terrifying truth about the opening ceremony of the 1960 winter Olympics.

By:   Giles Whittell
Imprint:   Short Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781780723600
ISBN 10:   1780723601
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Giles Whittell is a leader and feature writer on The Times, for whom he has worked as correspondent since 1993. He has written four previous books - Extreme Continental, Central Asia, Lambasa County and Spitfire Women of World War II. He lives with his wife and two sons in south London.

A wonderful, wide-ranging book, all powder, no slush... Put this book on your Christmas list and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. -- Laura Freeman There is something magical about snow even when it holds your life in the balance, and this book captures that magic. -- Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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