If you want to stay in this weekend instead of ging out and spending some uneccessary cash, why not try staying and enjoying a good book?
These books are especially perfect for those cold days where you don’t want to leave the comfort of your bed anyway.
The temperature in the opening burial scene of Miss Smilla’s Feeling For Snow, by Peter Høeg, is ‘an extraordinary minus 18c, and it’s snowing, and in the language that is no longer mine, the snow is qanik — big, almost weightless crystals falling in stacks and covering the ground with a layer of pulverised white frost’.
This 1992 global hit is narrated by Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen. The daughter of an Inuit huntress and a Danish doctor, she thinks ‘more highly of snow and ice than of love’. She learned to navigate a whiteout from her mother, then became a scientist of ice and snow.
When Isaiah, a Greenlander boy who has befriended her, falls to his death from their Copenhagen block, Smilla sees his footprints in the fresh snow and immediately suspects foul play. ‘I have a feeling for snow,’ she tells an incredulous copper.
It is a framing device, but some of the most impressively imagined scenes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are polar explorer Robert Walton’s descriptions of how, wedged amid ice floes, his crew spot a dog-drawn sledge heading northwards, driven by a ‘being which had the shape of a man, but apparently of gigantic stature’. Soon afterward, the crew haul aboard the frail, troubled figure of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who recounts his harrowing creation story.
Lucy Foley’s recent thriller the Hunting Party takes place on a remote Highlands estate, where a party of entitled thirtysomething Londoners celebrates the New Year.
One goes missing and heavy snow impedes the search effort, cutting off the lodge to the outside world.
Best stay safe indoors with one of these.