Waterstones Book of the Month: Fifty Words for Snow

November 13, 2021

E&T were delighted to see the gorgeous, dinky paperback of Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell picked as Waterstones Nonfiction Book of the Month for November 2021!

Snow. Every language has its own words for the weightless flakes that come down from the sky. In Japanese we find Yuki-onna – a ‘snow woman’ who drifts through the frosted land. In Icelandic falls Hundslappadrifa – ‘big as a dog’s paw’. And in Maori we meet Huka-rere – ‘one of the children of rain and wind’.

From mountain tops and frozen seas to city parks and desert hills, writer and Arctic traveller Nancy Campbell digs deep into the meanings of fifty words for snow. Under her gaze, each of these linguistic snow crystals offers a whole world of myth and story.

An absolutely gorgeous gift this Christmas, this was the perfect time to see this book highlighted as a gem of a book!