"Diane welcomes us into her life through her delicious memories. We're embraced by her passion for food, travel and life, and delighted by her sense of humour (and the banana bread is fantastic!)." -- Bonnie Stern
"Leafing through this book, I was struck by how it gathers all that Diane is committed to and holds dear: family, friends, food and adventure. It's a walk down memory lane with restaurants on both sides. Zest for Life is a true reflection of her philosophy of living and enjoying life." -- Umberto Menghi
"My culinary life changed radically when I met Diane Clement 971 trip, ran the Grenfell flying doctor service in Labrador before settling in Whitehorse. His love of adventure and physical vigour, of relationships between fellow travellers, is evident in this appreciative account of one of the north's great spirits." -- The Globe and Mail
"Peter Steele's account of those eight full decades is informed by his own travels in the North. These imbue this saga with an immediacy other, more sedentary wriers would have missed.
The exhaustive - but unobtrusive - library research is just as impressive, as is the humane insight of a physician who has spent most of his adult life serving in the North. The Man Who Mapped the Arctic will likely become an outstanding classic on the crowded shelves of books about Arctic exploration.
It's a major accomplishment for the author - and the Yukon. Steele has set the literary bar significantly higher for all of us." -- The Yukon News
"The stuff of myth comes from a book like this.
I was most fascinated by the cumulative effect of the enormous quotidian detail author Peter Steele has brought to his subject. His wide-ranging research gives us a thorough sampling not only of Back's journals but of others' writing at the same time, and informative and appealing conjecture on 'what it must have been like,' the dark, cold forts, the starving natives camped outside, the fearsome ice, the intense hope aroused by a single first ray of spring sunshine. I was grateful for the generous excerpts from both Back's and others' journals that Steele includes in his account. Back's energy and buoyancy, his open appreciation of nature and women along the way, his sometimes tight-lipped, sometimes defiant descriptions of personalities unlike his own reveal him as a charming, optimistic, utterly intrepid, difficult and hot-blooded character.
Author Peter Steele is a doctor and the mountaineer who wrote Doctor on Everest on the ill-fated 1971 trip. He ran the Grenfell flying doctor service in Labrador before settling in Whitehorse. His love of adventure and physical vigour, of rough tripping and the psychological relationships between fellow travellers, is evident in this appreciative and finely researched account of the life of George Back, one of the north's great spirits. -- The Globe and Mail
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