Access All Areas by Sara Wheeler
Selected Writings 1990-2011

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Adventures in going forth and staying put from one of our greatest travel writers

In vivid, urgent books such as Terra Incognita and The Magnetic North, Sara Wheeler reckoned with the allure and brutality of life on the fringes, exploring distant lands with an extraordinary sensitivity to history, to place, and to the people who inhabit them.
     Access All Areas collects the best essays and journalism by a writer who has used extreme travel as a means to explore an inner landscape. Ranging from Albania to the Arctic, Wheeler attends a religion seminar aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 and defrosts her underwear inside an igloo. She treks to distant Tierra del Fuego—“a place where nothing ever happened”—and to the swamps of Malawi, a place so hot that toads explode. She crosses dubious borders with nothing but a kidney donor card for ID and learns to wing walk and belly dance, though not at the same time.
     Charming, scathing, restless, and eternally amused, the writer we meet in Access All Areas has spent a lifetime investigating roots and rootlessness. Seeking only to satisfy her own curiosity, Wheeler shows us the world.

About Sara Wheeler

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Sara Wheeler is the author of eight books of biography and travel, including Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile, Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, and The Magnetic North. She lives in London.
Published January 22, 2013 by North Point Press. 335 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Spanning 20 years (1990–2010), the pieces are loosely organized around a number of different themes, such as recollections from her earliest travels (most notably as a 20-year-old in Poland in 1981) and her first excursions into the polar regions (an interest that has spawned two travel books, a ...

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The Bookbag

Summary: A collection of articles too concentrated for quick reading, Sara Wheeler's biographical research and travels over the past twenty years have given her an authoritative fund of information on people and places from North to South Poles.

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Open Letters Monthly

Throughout her career as one of our finest living travel-writers, the irrepressible Sara Wheeler has been smashing myths, and right at the beginning of her long-awaited new collection of pieces, Access All Areas, she’s at it again – about the first subject of all: It has been said, all too often...

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Her poignant obituary says that Sara Wheeler "was happiest on her frequent travels, making a small home in a tent or an igloo or a compartment on a Bangladeshi train … she never felt foreign on the road.

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Islington Tribute

The canon – Naples ’44, Old Calabria, A Pattern of Islands – who could say that these are just about a particular place at a particular time?” The book also includes an interview with the great travel writer Norman Lewis, and a sketch of the journalist Martha Gellhorn – arguably two of the grea...

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