Sara Wheeler

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On the Trans-Siberian in Winter

by Sara Wheeler | 28 March 2018

              You can only appreciate the engineering feat of the Trans-Siberian Railway by riding it in winter, as I just did. They might as well have laid tracks across...

Wedding venues and tutus

by Sara Wheeler | 28 March 2018

            I have never married, but when I do (one lives in hope) I will wed at Hales Hall, a Tudor pile in nine acres thirteen miles south-east of Norwich....

Beneath Another Sky

by Sara Wheeler | 28 March 2018

‘Travelling’ historian Norman Davies writes near the end of this enthralling book, ‘had allowed me to think freely about the subject I have spent most of my life studying.’ From the journeys described in these...

Gertrude Bell – On the Far Edge

by Sara Wheeler | 20 November 2017

 Besides reshaping the political map of the Middle East, Gertrude Bell was a noted scholar and a distinguished linguist. Literally and metaphorically, she entered uncharted territory. Like so many Victorian women, she flourished abroad, that...

World’s Greatest Polar Explorer

by Sara Wheeler | 14 November 2017

Recently, at Cape Norway, a shingle beach on the western extremity of Jackson Land in the uninhabited Arctic, I paid homage at one of the most sacred sites of Arctic history. In the giddy era...

Moritz Thomsen

by Sara Wheeler | 7 November 2017

Some years ago, I rode a bus north from Rio to Bahia, 1000 long miles and 30 longer hours. Blue mountains, dusty air, and the sertão, that region menaced by poverty and afflicted by droughts...

Chekhov in the Wrong Trousers

by Sara Wheeler | 26 October 2017

In 1890 Anton Chekhov did a most unChekhovian thing: he battled 4000 miles across Russia in order to conduct a survey of the penal colonies on Sakhalin Island. His travel book on the subject, Sakhalin...

Castle Stalker

by Sara Wheeler | 11 October 2017

Castle Stalker is a medieval granite miracle on an island on Loch Linnhe, 25 miles north of Oban, and a ravishing treat even in the Highlands, a region brimming with them. It has few visitors,...

Domestic Violence – and Solace

by Sara Wheeler | 6 October 2017

A woman is assaulted by a partner on average 35 times before she reports him to the police. That’s a fact established by an academic, using rigorous research methods. My partner, the father of my...

Guilty Pleasure

by Sara Wheeler | 4 October 2017

With the passage of each year, the number of activities I genuinely enjoy shrinks alarmingly. These days only three things guarantee pleasure: filing, throwing things away and reading the Argos catalogue in bed. And the...

Tudor Hackney

by Sara Wheeler | 15 September 2017

So, to the oldest domestic building in London’s East End. Fewer than three miles across open fields to Bishopsgate in the City, Tudor Hackney was known then for its ‘healthful air’, with the result that...

Ken Burns’ Vietnam

by Sara Wheeler | 13 September 2017

An article in The New Yorker two weeks ago about veteran documentary maker Ken Burns led to hours on YouTube when I should have been working. (‘It’s research, Sara’). I knew Burns’ work only from...