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Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard by Sara Wheeler

Every Friday, in Brushing off the Dust, I revisit one of the many older book reviews written before I founded this blog. Here, I try to prioritise those titles that have really stayed with with me, or which have shaped … Continue reading

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A Great Task of Happiness: The Life of Kathleen Scott by Louisa Young

First Published: 1995 by Macmillan (Hydraulic Press ed. 2012) My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “‘It is lovely to be alive. I emit little shrieks from time to time, now there’ s no one to hear” Thoughts: There are … Continue reading

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With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson, Explorer, Naturalist, Artist by Isobel E. Williams

Published: 2009 by The History Press My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “My pictures are the realisation of little things that have been treasured up in my mind, little traits of character picked up crumb by crumb in the … Continue reading

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Polar Wives by Kari Herbert

First Published: 2012 by Greystone Books My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “That was a glorious courageous note… If he in his agony-wracked condition could face it with such sublime fortitude how dare I possibly whine. I will not. … Continue reading

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‘Birdie’ Bowers of the Antarctic by George Seaver

Published: 1938 by John Murray My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “I simply revel in the life for its own sake. The delicious feeling of having earned one’s meals and rest – no worry now … Continue reading

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The Longest Winter: Scott’s Other Heroes by Meredith Hooper

First Published: 2011 by John Murray My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Levick was growing a beard, but being here wasn’t like being in other places. There were no windows to see your reflection in, no shiny surfaces to … Continue reading

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An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean – Antarctic Survivor by Michael Smith

Published: 2010 by The Collins Press My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “Each successive frostbite on a finger was marked by a ring where the skin had peeled off, so that we could count our frostbites by the rings of … Continue reading

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