The first polar exploration related book I read was The Birthday Boys, Beryl Bainbridge’s fictionalised account of Scott’s last expedition; I was absolutely enthralled. But the Ice really claimed me when I picked up Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s The Worst Journey in the World, now one of my favourite works of all time. I’m not really sure what it is about this subject that fascinates me so much, but reading polar themed literature, history and biography has become a bit of a thing for me in the past few years, I can’t get enough of it.
This section records all my Antarctic and Arctic related reads to date. Unlinked titles are ones I’ve read but haven’t yet reviewed on this site. If you can recommend any more for the list please do make a suggestion!
Polar reads, listed by Title and Author
“At the Mountains of Madness” in The Complete Collection by H.P. Lovecraft
South: The Story of Shackleton’s 1914 – 1917 Expedition by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
The Magnetic North by Sara Wheeler