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Winter takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists and thinkers who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. We learn how literature heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space.

Offering a kaleidoscopic take on the season, Winter is a homage to an idea of a season and a journey through the modern imagination.


'As he's often proved, both in his previous books and in his pieces for The New Yorker, Gopnik can be a wonderful essayist, erudite, elegant and incisive ... there are flashes of brilliance here' Daily Telegraph.
Daily Telegraph
'Long-time New Yorker staffer Gopnik examines via five well-wrought essays how winter has become coded into art, literature and our cultural memory' GQ magazine.
GQ magazine
'Brilliantly insightful' Sunday Times.
Sunday Times
'The perfect fireside companion' The Observer.
'Gopnik's mind darts about like mercury as he tells his tale' The Times.
The Times
'A fascinating read ... should be treasured' We Love This Book.
We Love This Book