What is silence? Where can it be found? Why is it now more important than ever?
In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent 50 days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book, an astonishing and transformative meditation, Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness - and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude.
"Breathtaking and inspiring, it teaches us how to find precious moments of silence - whether we are crossing the Antarctic, climbing Everest, or the train at rush hour." (Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of
Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth)
Silence braces a space within which we can hear ourselves think. Quietly, wisely, it makes a case for dumbing the din of modern life, and learning to listen again. Drawing on the experiences of Kagge's extraordinary life in wild places, this is a book of great concentration." (Robert Macfarlane, author of
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot)