‘We are tilted. This was the first thing to understand’. Earth’s tilted axis is a central motif in William Fiennes’ The Snow Geese – part memoir, part travelogue, part natural history narrative. It is an idea that is returned to time and time again throughout the text. The Snow Geese charts the author’s physical and psychological journey, following the migratory path of geese travelling from Texas to their spring nesting grounds on Baffin Island, Canada. It is a vast journey, spanning roughly 3000 miles, undertaken by Fiennes as he recuperates from an unnamed, yet serious illness.