Tag Archives: polar non-fiction

Film review: The Ghost of Piramida

Something visual: my first film review on this blog! Although Roxploration is first and foremost a book blog, I’ve decided I may occasionally review other media if their subjects fit particularly well with the ethos of my blog. The Ghost … Continue reading

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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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Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski

Published: 1998 by Granta My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “If I trace it back, that wish for a whiteout began with the idea of being an inmate in a psychiatric hospital. Not during my first … Continue reading

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The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

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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Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica by Sara Wheeler

Introducing: Brushing Off the Dust!  Old reviews revisited. Before I launched this current public blog I used to write and share book reviews with a small circle of friends elsewhere. I discovered some of my all-time favourite reads during this … Continue reading

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Alone On The Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts

First Published: 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “To go where no one else had ever been, to see vistas that no human eye had previously beheld – those were the deeds … Continue reading

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Pole Dance by Tom Avery

Published: 2004 by Orion Books My copy: Borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Although I can partially relate to how Shackleton felt about his own performance, I find it astonishing that he managed to hold himself together. … 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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The Voyage of The Discovery by Captain Scott

First Published: 1905 (Wordsworth Classics edition 2009) My copy: bought new in paperback Memorable quote: “The scene is so rarely beautiful that on the hilltops one seems to breathe inspiration from the keen air, and one’s thoughts are compelled to … 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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