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October 30, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Latitude North – Fascinating, intriguing, thought provoking

Latitude North  By Charles Moseley

Published by Indie Books  ISBN 9781908041227

Category Travel Writing

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Author’s Biography

Charles Moseley was born and brought up in Lancashire. After a varied career as a deep sea fisherman,  a schoolmaster and a Cambridge don, he is still teaching Literature in Cambridge and travelling in the Arctic when he can. When not in the throes of these activities, he returns to the village in the Fens where he has lived for half a century and potters about doing nothing of much concern save to the surrounding wildlife and his anxious relatives. He also writes books.


Charles Moseley:

Have you got a message for your readers?  First of all, I really hope they enjoy the book. It was a joy to write, and in it I share as honestly as I know how the profound attraction the lands of the North have for me, and I want that awe I feel – for that is what it is – to come across. Secondly, don’t take the wilderness for granted: it is our common human heritage, and needs defending against the politicians and big business. In it we can know who and what we are. Thirdly, be aware that the echoes of old voices never quite die away and they were our ancestors’. Listen to their wisdom   

What can we expect from you in the future?

Soon, (2017) a book of anecdotes, memory, gossip, comedy, centred on Cambridge University and town: it is called Coming to Terms: a Cambridge Journey. It is a sort of sequel to my A Field Full of Folk (Aurum, 1995) and Between the Tides (Beaten Track, 2015). After that, there is another travel book, currently half written, called provisionally Going Nowhere

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I’d be happy to do readings and talks anywhere

Website/ Blog:   Facebook: @indiebooksldn  
Twitter: @_indiebooks    Linkedin: Charles Moseley

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latitudenorth9781908041227£ 20  Synopsis

Part history, part travelogue, part memoir, Charles Moseley writes a personal account of his journeys across the northern regions of Europe. From Norway to Greenland he describes a haunting world where the voices of the past are never quiet.


“A love–affair for a region and a realm. Astonishing” Robert Macfarlane (Mountains of the Mind)

Some Reader Comments  ©

A truly wonderful and enthralling memoir.

Superb. Moving and emotive. Poetry in prose

Beautiful, fascinating and intriguing. Another thought-provoking and erudite read that captures the soul.

Wonderful book, full of vivid description and sensitive interpretation of experiences interwoven with history and the marvelous sagas.

Latitude North is a splendid example of serendipity, covering a wide and unpredictable range of information and opinions – stimulating and beautifully expressed!

Very enjoyable and interesting read. Very well written.

Excellent read – he is an outstanding author

Your writing conveys a vivid sense of atmosphere. I can almost believe I am truly sharing your Latitude North experiences as I read about them!

This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. All is written as if he were talking next to you and anticipating your questions from what he has said. Such is the effect of this book, I have now planned my first visit to Iceland. Definitely ‘a must read’. So, without any hesitation, here is my vote.

Evocative descriptions — I could see the clarity of the light yet felt the darkness of the history. This is an unforgettable book, worth every moment I spent reading it.

This is a wonderful and richly rewarding read.

Touching and memorable – it teaches to take in landscape in a different way

Fully deserves this vote!


Patron:  Frederick Forsyth  CBE  Founding Patron:  Dame Beryl Bainbridge DBE
The People’s Book Prize is a national competition aimed at finding, supporting and promoting
new and undiscovered works – the book prize decided exclusively by the public. YOU are the Jury!


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