'Narratives of frozen beards in polar hinterlands never lose their appeal. Most of the good stories have been told, but in Icebound Andrea Pitzer fills a gap, at least for the popular reader in English, with the story of the 16th-century Dutch mariner William Barents... Pitzer’s prose is robust, clear and sometimes elegant.'
– Sara Wheeler, Spectator
'For the 21st-century reader who’s seen one too many photos of emaciated polar bears loping across melting permafrost, Icebound can read a little like paradise really, really lost... Pitzer writes with care about the Arctic landscape Barents encountered... Icebound is a reminder that there was once a time when things were unknown.'
– New York Times
'A fascinating modern telling of Barents’s expeditions...Pitzer presents a compelling narrative situated in the context of Dutch imperial ambition'
– Michael O'Donnell, Wall Street Journal
'Once Barents heads for the northern tip of Nova Zembla for the third time in May 1596, the story becomes dramatic, and dire... Still, the journey is filled with wonders: optical phenomena and mysteries unravelled, such as where European songbirds go each summer. Ms Pitzer’s descriptions of the region sing.'
'A gripping adventure tale that deserves an honoured place in the long bookshelf of volumes dealing with Arctic shipwrecks, winter ordeals, and survival struggles.'
– David M.Shribman, Boston Globe
'Gripping...One of the great epics of human endurance'
– Simon Griffith, Mail on Sunday
'Andrea Pitzer's worthy and superb account keeps us enthralled to the last chilling word'
– Dean King, Author of Skeletons of the Zahara
'Engrossing...Andrea Pitzer brigns Barents' three harrowing expeditions to vivid life'
– Hampton Sides, Author of In the Kingdom of Ice
'A masterwork of narrative non-fiction'
– Mitchell Zuckoff, Author of Frozen in Time
'Icebound deserves a place beside such classics as Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage and Roland Huntford's The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen - Their Race to the South Pole'