Cover image for Frost on my moustache : the Arctic exploits of a lord and a loafer
Frost on my moustache : the Arctic exploits of a lord and a loafer
Moore, Tim, 1964-
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
280 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
DL315 .M66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



Guided by the fastidious journals of an eminent Victorian adventurer by the name of Lord Dufferin, Time Moore sets off to prove his mettle in the most stunningly inhospitable place on Earth-the Arctic. Armed only with his searing wit, wicked humor, and seasickness pills, our pale suburbanite-wracked by second thoughts of tactical retreat-confronts mind-numbing cold, blood-thirsty polar bears, a convoy of born-again Vikings, and, perhaps most chilling of all, herring porridge. When he is not humiliating himself through displays of ignorance and incompetence, Moore casts a sharp eye on the local flora and fauna, immersing readers in the splendors and wonders of this treacherously beautiful region.

A deliciously and inexhaustibly funny book, Frost on My Moustache deserves to be placed alongside those by Evelyn Waugh, Eric Newby, and Bill Bryson.

Author Notes

Tim Moore's writing has appeared in the The Sunday Times , The Independent , The Observer , and The Evening Standard . He lives in West London

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This one's a sure winner. Moore, a writer for British Esquire, decided it might be fun to re-create the journey of Lord Dufferin, who sailed from Scotland to Iceland to Norway to Spitzbergen and back again in 1856. And fun it was, but it was also dangerous, monotonous, and always--at least in Moore's telling--entertaining. Readers expecting a true-life adventure along the lines of Jon Krakauer's best-sellers will be disappointed. On the other hand, those looking for something in the Bill Bryson or Tim Cahill vein--literary travel writing with a heavy dose of wit--will be delighted. Moore is a clever writer, a lover of wordplay, and a master at creating, in very few words, sharp, clear portraits of the people he meets along the way. He finds humor where it occurs naturally; he never forces it, or makes fun of people, or takes cheap shots. The book is good, honest fun; with the right kind of marketing and hand selling from librarians and other bookpeople, this one could really take off. Rare is the book that makes you laugh out loud; this one will make you holler. --David Pitt

Library Journal Review

When Moore, a writer for British Esquire, found a copy of Letters from High Latitudes (1856), Lord Dufferin's detailed, best-selling, 19th-century travel memoir of a trip to and from Iceland (on wooden schooner, horseback, and ship), he was so intrigued that he decided to retrace the journey. Instead of a schooner, Moore opted to take a freighter; instead of horseback, he road across Iceland on a mountain bike. Later, he joined a small-boat convoy that sailed from Norway back to Iceland. For the rest of the trip, he took commercial ferries. Moore is a talented writer with a keen wit and sarcastic sense of humor that is sometimes difficult to decipher amid all the contemporary British slang and allusions. There's also an introspective and dark edge to his humor not unlike Gregory Janes's in Come Hell or High Water (LJ 10/1/97). The result is an interesting travel diary--though still not as engaging as Dufferin's classic out-of-print work. For all public libraries.--John Kenny, San Francisco P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.