'The Word for Woman Is Wilderness is unlike any published work I have read, in ways that are beguiling [and] audacious … rises to its own challenges in engaging intellectually as well as wholeheartedly with its questions about gender, genre and the concept of wilderness.' Guardian

Abi Andrews has written an adventure novel with a difference. Follow her on Twitter here, read the first chapter below - and get your copy of the book here.


Erin is 19. She's never really left England, but she has watched Bear Grylls and wonders why it's always men who get to go on all the cool wilderness adventures. So Erin sets off on a voyage into the Alaskan wilderness: a one-woman challenge to the archetype of the rugged male explorer.

As Erin's journey takes her through the Arctic Circle, across the entire breadth of the American continent and finally to a lonely cabin in the wilds of Denali, she explores subjects as diverse as the moon landings, the Gaia hypothesis, loneliness, nuclear war, shamanism and the pill.

Filled with a sense of wonder for the natural world and a fierce love for preserving it, The Word for Woman is Wilderness is a funny, frank and tender account of a young woman in uncharted territory.

 Get your copy of this amazing debut here.