Antarctica's capacity to create, store and disperse ice is critical to the way our planet functions. But along the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula there has been a 40% decrease in the mean annual sea ice extent since 1979. The daily life of a few thousand Adelie penguins became critical evidence of real, incontrovertible climate change.
Meredith Hooper is an award-winning writer, whose fiction and non-fiction titles for children, and adults, sell around the world. She is a Visiting Scholar in Cambridge at Wolfson College, and at Scott Polar Research Institute. During the last fifteen years, selected as a writer on United States and Australian Antarctic programmes, she has specialised in writing about the history, geology and wildlife of Antarctica. She is a trustee of the Brussels-based International Polar Foundation and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, and in 2000 was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the US National Science Foundation. In September 2008 Ferocious Summer won the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction (2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards).
Fascinating ... For decades, Antarctica's chief export has been
scientific knowledge. This book does justice to the valuable work
that is being done to add to that knowledge. * Sunday Times *
Hooper has a light - even charming - touch in her account of the challenges faced by both the penguins and the scientists who study them, but there are some very serious lessons for those who wish to heed them. * Scotsman *
A vivid snapshot of the extraordinary challenges involved in understanding what is happening to the penguins. * Daily Mail *
The Ferocious Summer reminds us of dramatic changes at the bottom of the world. * Daily Telegraph *