Booker 2021: Maggie Shipstead wanders in wonder of space and time

A travel writer, Maggie Shipstead has been to the Arctic five or six times and Antarctica twice.
A travel writer, Maggie Shipstead has been to the Arctic five or six times and Antarctica twice.PHOTO: SHIPSTEAD/INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - Nine years ago, American writer Maggie Shipstead was travelling in New Zealand when she came across a statue of the aviatrix Jean Batten, who in 1936 completed the first solo flight from England to New Zealand.

At its base was the quote: "I was destined to be a wanderer."

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