Lapland: A Natural History (Uk Edition)
by Derek Ratcliffe, a review from Times Literary Supplement by Mark Cocker.
"The boreal coniferous forest which wraps around the northern crown of our planet from Fennoscandia to the Pacific (and then across the whole of North America) comprises the largest single habitat on earth, and covers 13 million square kilometres. The European fraction of this huge taiga belt, along with a range of more open landscapes of peat bog, lake, fen, marsh and montane tundra, all fall within the geographical region that is known as Lapland, named after its indigenous inhabitants the Saami or Lapps. In winter it is a harsh, inhospitable and largely frozen blank, but in summer the weeks of perpetual sunlight give rise to an extraordinary efflorescence of natural life." Read the entire TLS review.