In this unforgettable and astutely observed travel classic, Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee journeys into the wild frontiers and frigid climate of Alaska – exploring the diverse terrain of this Northern US state. Travelling by foot and canoe, helicopter and dog team, McPhee traverses total wilderness, urban landscape, and the depths of the bush, drawing a rich and comprehensive history of this vast land and its varied inhabitants.
With his keen eye and poetic sensibility at the helm, we paddle with McPhee through the salmon-filled waters of the Brooks Range Rivers, meet a young chief of the Athapaskan tribe, and become well-acquainted with the habits of the barren-ground grizzly bear. We encounter settlers along the way and discover the extraordinary dreams that impel them to survive in one of the most remote regions on Earth.
McPhee is an endlessly curious adventurer and Coming into the Country is the work of a master storyteller.
Read the first chapter here.
‘His genius is that he can write about anything.’ – Robert Macfarlane
‘It is a reviewer’s greatest pleasure to ring the gong for a species of masterpiece.’ – New York Times Book Review
‘McPhee is a grand master of narrative non-fiction.’ – Guardian
‘Journalism of such literary bravado is as rare as the 31-inch arctic char the author caught one night in the Brooks Range – but released – and just as cherishable.’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘Fresh, spirited, exciting.’ – Vogue
‘McPhee has acted like an antenna in a far-off place that few will see. He has brought back a wholly satisfying voyage of spirit and mind.’ – Time