140 x 227 x 39mm
A tale of obsession, endurance, courage and love: of the nature of ice, and the heat and energy within both the earth and the human heart.
It is the dawn of the twentieth century: a time of discovery and scientific revolution, when much of the world remains a mystery, waiting to be mapped and understood. And in Germany, a reckless young man named Alfred Wegener is determined to understand it all.
From the moment he nearly drowns in an icy Berlin Canal at the age of three, Wegener's irresistible urge to discover the unknown takes him on an extraordinary quest. Record-breaking flights in hydrogen balloons; expeditions across the unexplored and treacherous ice of Greenland; the searing horrors of trench warfare, and journeys to the brink of volcanoes, all form part of a restless search, which eventually leads him into the arms of a remarkable woman.
In this passionate and beautifully written novel, Dudman imaginatively recreates the life of Alfred Wegener, whose theory of continental drift - derided and discredited by his contemporaries - would eventually revolutionise our perception of the world. 'Wegener's Jigsaw' is the story of one man's unshakeable belief in an idea, and of the woman who tried to save him from the greatest danger of all.