‘Free us from the fury of the Northmen, O Lord’. That’s the dedication in Mary Jane Walker’s new travel memoir A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings, the seventh in a series. Living in the Southern Hemisphere, Mary Jane was long fascinated by the lands of the North at the other end of the world. Finally, she decided to go on a tour of Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, and Finland.
The book includes chapters on the Orkneys and Shetlands, islands that have strong Norse links though they are now part of Scotland.
Mary Jane talks about the modern countries as well as the old folk traditions and includes a final chapter on the Baltic States and Russia, which have strong ties to the Scandinavian region as well.
The Inuit of the title are not the only indigenous people Mary Jane encounters. She includes several discussions of the Sámi, Europe’s last indigenous people, pushed toward the far north by early encounters with Scandinavians and Finns.
With many pictures and maps, A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings is a great introduction to a fascinating part of the world that is still in many ways a frontier, even the parts that are in Europe!
For the week 22 to 29 December 2018, the book will be available on Kindle Countdown for only 99 cents in the USA and 99 p in Britain. Reviews would be most gratefully appreciated!
(Mary Jane Walker first embarked on world travel in a serious way when she joined the crew of a Chinese junk headed from Canton (now Guangzhou) to Paris via the middle of the Indian Ocean. The junk was crewed by French adventurers, and she fell in love with the captain. Mary Jane holds a degree in politics and writes thoughtfully about the culture and history the countries she visits. Her second book, A Maverick New Zealand Way, was a finalist in Travel at the International Book Awards in 2018.)