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Inspired by the swashbuckling travelogues of Victorian diplomat Lord Dufferin, frail surburbanite Tim Moore sets out to prove his physical and spiritual worth before his sceptical Nordic in-laws by retracing Dufferin's epic voyage to Iceland and Spitzbergen. Dufferin's battles with icebergs, polar bears and the deep potations of hospitable Norsemen is a tale of derring-do; Moore's struggle against seasickness, vertigo and over-priced groceries is all too plainly one of derring-don't. As his bid to emulate the Empire tradition of fearless pluck in the face of adversity crumbles before haughty Icelandic skippers, a convoy of Norwegian Vikings and Spitzbergen's Soviet ghost towns, he finds himself transferring his affections to Dufferin's valet Wilson, a man so profoundly gloomy that 'he was seen to smile but once, when told that his colleague, the steward, had been almost thrown overboard'. As Moore says, 'Dufferin seems the personification of Kipling's 'If'. I'm more of a 'But...' man myself.' FROST ON MY MOUSTACHE is the wretched apologia of a big earl's blouse.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349111407
ISBN-10: 0349111405
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 135mm x 24mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » A travel book with a difference, as 'failed dandy' Moore follows in the steps of Victorian diplomat Lord Dufferin (who travelled through Scotland, Iceland and Norway in 1856 with sturdy henchmen and unfailing panache) and sets off on a voyage to Iceland and Spitzbergen. Using container ships, military aircraft and a bicycle as modes of transport, he encounters Norweigan Vikings and stony Icelandic skippers, and struggles against seasickness, vertigo and overpriced groceries. A humorous look at the frozen north, combining the wit and intelligence of P J O'Rourke with flashes of P G Wodehouse. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Tim Moore

Failed dandy Tim Moore lives in West London with his wife and slightly too many children. His writing has appeared in several publications including the SUNDAY TIMES, the INDEPENDENT, the OBSERVER, ESQUIRE and the EVENING STANDARD.

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