Castaways in from the cold

Afterlands, by Steven Heighton, Hamish Hamilton, €24.80.

6th May, 2006

Afterlands, by Steven Heighton, Hamish Hamilton, €24.80.

Tales of the polar regions have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, with the lives of Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and others retold in biographies, plays and TV dramas.

Steven Heighton has applied another genre to the region, with his fictional account of what may have happened on a real polar expedition. His novel, Afterlands, is fashioned around the Polaris expedition, which set out in 1871 to try...

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