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Felicity has written three highly acclaimed books about her experiences in some of the coldest places in the world. As an established freelance travel writer, her work also regularly appears in a number of publications around the world, often accompanied by her own photography.
Chasing Winter: A Journey to the Pole of Cold (2014)
"What does it sound like when breath freezes? How do you start a car when it is so cold that fuel turns to wax? How do people live without the sun for half of the year? What is it like to use river ice as a road and what happens when it melts? Curiosity about the day-to-day reality of life at the extremes of climate inspired a 36,000 kilometre journey that chased the onset of winter from London, across Scandinavia and Siberia, to the Pole of Cold - the coldest permanently inhabited place in the world. This collection of stunning photographs and evocative stories gathered during the journey provides insight into the social, cultural and physical implications of winter as perceived by communities that live in some of the harshest environments on the planet."
"This is an amazing book which, in words and pictures, reveals the incredible beauty of Siberia's frozen north, the harshest inhabited environment on earth." - Robin Hanbury-Tenison
“I was literally freezing when reading the book. Felicity Aston describes this harsh, yet fascinating part of our planet in an engaging and entertaining way. A must-read, not only for cold lovers.” - Mark Kugel, Editor, ADVENTURE PLANET
Alone in Antarctica (2013)
"What would it feel like to be out there alone in that empty vastness? Just before midnight on 24 November 2011, 34-year-old British woman Felicity Aston is left completely alone on the coast of Antarctica. The isolation is instant and devastating. Only three people in the world have crossed Antarctica alone. The first two were men and both Norwegian. Felicity was to become the third. Within days, frozen into her facemask and reflecting on what had drawn her to such a place, she was battling desperate weather as she towed her heavy sledges. Every morning she wakes believing she cannot face another day as the expedition becomes a race against time to reach the coast before the last flight out. This gripping and inspirational account of personal endurance shows what you can achieve when you grit your teeth and decide just to get through the day ahead."
Originally published in the UK by Summersdale with a foreword by Joanna Lumley, ‘Alone in Antarctica’ was released in the US by Counterpoint Press in 2014 with the subtitle ‘The first woman to ski solo across the southern ice’. It has also been translated into Korean.
National Geographic, Best New Travel Read of Fall 2014
'moving and inspirational' - The Mail on Sunday
'An extraordinary journey of solitude and determination' - Ben Fogle
'A brave and often terrifying account of a record-breaking journey' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
'...her achievement is remarkable' - Daily Mail
'...destined to become a classic of the genre.' - Spectrum Culture
Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole (2011)
"Could YOU Ski to the South Pole? That was the challenge that British adventurer Felicity Aston put to women from around the Commonwealth as she set out to create the most international all-female expedition ever to ski to the Pole. The team would not be experienced explorers but 'ordinary' women who wanted to inspire others to follow their dreams or make a change for the better in their lives. She received more than 800 applications. 'What is skiing?' asked someone in Ghana.
At the close of 2009, Felicity led a team from places as diverse as Jamaica, India, Singapore and Cyprus - some of whom had never even seen snow or spent the night in a tent before joining the expedition - on one of the toughest journeys on the planet."
‘Call of the White’ was a finalist in the 2011 Banff Mountain Festival Book Competition and has also been translated into Mandarin.
'Enthralling' - Woman's Weekly
'A unique expedition...this story is true inspiration to venture beyond your comfort zone' - Wanderlust Magazine
'An inspiring tale which will stir the hearts of women and men around the world' - Benedict Allen
“I almost had a tear in my eye and I'm not usually a crier ... Uplifting stuff.'' - Adventure Travel Magazine