'This is a deeply scholarly work ... Fortunately scholarly in this instance is not synonymous with dull ... Huntford manages to to bind a wealth of material together with a strong narrative thread.'
Simon Redfern, The Independent on Sunday
"The breadth of his scholarship, which includes an easy familiarity with Scandinavian texts, is extraordinary." Literary Review
"What elevates Huntford is his comprehensive approach ... accessible and enjoyable, even to the most armchair bound of 'schussers'." Paul Watkins, The Times
"Could the outcome of the Second World War have been decided by the humble ski? That's the bold but surprisingly convincing claim made by Roland Huntford in Two Planks and a Passion." Roger Cox, The Scotsman
Review in The Daily Telegraph.
"Huntford's book will be a perfect stocking present for piste fantasists like me", Max Hastings, Sunday Times
"This is a compelling acount, and definitive history, of an activity that has evolved over time into one of our most thriving leisure industries." Sunday Telegraph
"An engaging and insightful work" Sport Magazine
"The most in-depth study of skiing currently in the English language and it will no doubt remain the defining record for some time." The Guardian
Mention in The Daily Mail, 28 November 2008.
Mentioned in Skier and Snowboarder Magazine, 01 November 2008.
"In his early books, Huntford chronicled the race to the South Pole ("The Last Place on Earth") and wrote biographies of Ernest Shackleton and Fridtjof Nansen. "Two Planks" seems a natural progression for him ... Huntford deserves praise for bringing together a lot of rich material." New York Times Book Review.
'This will be skiing's definitive history for years to come...' Alex Wade, Times Literary Supplement
'[A] fine, erudite history of the sport', Hugh Thompson, The Independent
"Roland Huntford's book is an amazingly detailed history of skiing's Scandinavian origins." BBC History Magazine
Title mention in The Guardian.
Title mention in Skier & Snowboarder Magazine.
'Our choice - pick of the paperbacks ... Huntford tells the ski story straightforwardly and simply' - Sunday Times
'Huntford has also undertaken the monumental task of tracing and explaining the development of the sport of skiing outside Scandinavia, particularly in Alpine Europe. As such, he has provided us with a much richer and more complex picture than was previously available from Arnold Lunn's highly partial The Story of Skiing.'
'Huntford has also undertaken the monumental task of tracing and explaining the development of the sport of skiing outside Scandinavia, particularly in Alpine Europe. As such, he has provided us with a much richer and more complex picture than was previously available from Arnold Lunn’s highly partial The Story of Skiing.’
About the Author
Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. He is the author of the award-winning Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing and Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth and he is the biographer of Shackleton and Nansen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.