Arctic

Bruce Parry, with Huw Lewis Jones

Arctic by Bruce Parry

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About the book

Explorer Bruce Parry takes an epic Arctic journey, following the six-month Polar summer through Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia and Scandinavia to document a vital part of our world at a point of extraordinary change. In this companion to a landmark series, Bruce tells the stories of traditional Arctic inhabitants along with the oil workers, miners and scientists who have been attracted to this dramatic yet hostile landscape in search of the wealth of natural resources and ecological data it can provide. He highlights the friction between old and new ways as traditional lifestyles are threatened by many factors: climate change, new legislation and the intrusion of big business. With an engaging, intimate text and specially commissioned photography along with stills from the series, Arctic provides a human focus in an environmental context. Immersing himself in the cultures of peoples like the Chukchi, the Sami, the hunters of Qaanaaq and the Gwitchin tribes of the Canadian north, Bruce stresses their connection to the lands and hunting grounds that sustain them while exposing the issues they face. Rich in content and narrative, Arctic brings human stories and global issues to the fore, pinpointing cultures on the brink of irreversible change.

Editorial Review

Conway proudly presents Bruce Parry’s Arctic, an epic story of opportunity and challenge in the world’s last great wilderness.  The BAFTA winner, who earned both critical acclaim and the hearts of all those he encountered in his two earlier BBC series, Tribe and Amazon, returns to screens this winter with a spectacular five-part series exploring the Arctic.  According to Time Out, ‘TV’s most likeable action man’, Bruce first endeared himself to viewers with his courage and good humour when living with indigenous peoples in Tribe – among cannibals, hunters and shamans.  He followed this up with an epic journey tracing the route of the Amazon River from its source to the sea. At the frontline in a major environmental struggle, the frightening truths he learned from the people he met on his way served as a timely reminder that the Amazon’s fate touches us all.

In this specially commissioned publication, co-authored by leading polar historian Huw Lewis-Jones (Face to Face), the charismatic explorer takes an epic Arctic journey, captured by breathtaking original photography and exclusive stills from the series.  Bruce follows the six-month Polar summer through Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia and Scandinavia to document a vital part of our world at a point of extraordinary change. In this companion to a landmark series, Bruce tells the stories of traditional Arctic inhabitants along with the oil workers, miners and scientists who have been attracted to this dramatic yet hostile landscape in search of the wealth of natural resources and ecological data it can provide. He highlights the friction between old and new ways as traditional lifestyles are threatened by many factors: climate change, new legislation and the intrusion of big business.

An engaging, intimate text, Arctic provides a human focus in an environmental context. Immersing himself in the cultures of peoples such as the Chukchi, the Sami, the Inuit hunters of Qaanaaq and the Gwitchin tribes of the Canadian north, Bruce stresses their connection to the lands and hunting grounds that sustain them while exposing the issues they face. Rich in content and narrative, Arctic brings human stories and global issues to the fore, pinpointing cultures on the brink of irreversible change.

This is a truly awe-inspiring read, extending far beyond the typical ‘picture book’.  Building on Conway’s solid reputation for successful BBC tie-ins (Empire of the Seas, James May’s Toy Stories), Arctic perfectly compliments the series, whilst holding its own as an important standalone piece of work.

Praise for Parry

‘You can’t fault Parry’s dedication or his bravery’, Independent

‘Parry opens a window to a world that is being destroyed’, Maxim

About the authors

Bruce Parry is one of the UK’s best-known TV presenters and adventurers, known particularly for the seminal BBC and Discovery Channel series ‘Tribe’ and ‘Amazon’ in which he became a member of several indigenous tribes to fully enter into their culture, traditions and rituals.
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Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and former Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Polar Portraits and Ocean Portraits in Conway’s Face to Face series. Formerly Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, London, Huw is also a consultant within media and broadcasting and an expert in maritime and polar exploration history.
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ISBN: 9781844861309
RRP: £20.00
Web Price from Anova BookStore: £15.00
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272 pages
Size (h x w): 245 x 190 mm
Illustrations: Over 200 colour photographs, artworks and paintings

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