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Remind me - book on Scott's trek to North Pole

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NannyPhlegm Mon 15-Aug-16 08:56:50

Earlier this year, I saw a recommendation on one of the threads for a non-fiction book on Scott's ill-fated trek to the North Pole. I was short of cash then, but made a mental note of the book to buy later. I now have book vouchers burning a hole in my pocket, but can I remember the title of the book? Can I buggery angry

Please will someone jog my memory? I think it was either Remus or Côte who suggested it originally. You shall have my eternal gratitude. flowers

JackandDiane Mon 15-Aug-16 10:32:22

it was prob me
Caroline thingy

Hold on

JackandDiane Mon 15-Aug-16 10:32:45

oh no this is shackers

NannyPhlegm Mon 15-Aug-16 11:47:02

Ah thanks, but I have that one (bought off a MN recommendation, so probably your post - thank you!) The book I'm thinking of was specifically on Scott.

CaptainWentworth Mon 15-Aug-16 11:50:13

There was a recent biography of Scott by Ranulph Fiennes that was very good- could it be that one?

TaraCarter Mon 15-Aug-16 13:33:32

Aha. I also lurk on the 50 books threads, and I recall Remus reviewing this 'un:

The Worst Journey in the World.

fairislecable Mon 15-Aug-16 21:53:55

The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge is a novel written about Scotts South Pole trip. This one went down very well with my book club it is a very easy read as each chapter is written by a different character.

The Worst Journey in the world is a more full and factual account.

RhuBarbarella Thu 18-Aug-16 19:55:07

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry Garrard. That is the one. It's amazing.

CoteDAzur Thu 18-Aug-16 22:42:25

Aha yes, it's The Worst Journey In The World. You may have heard it from me but I have Remus to thank for the recommendation smile

The Worst Journey in the World is a brilliant Scott one, about the Antarctica expedition - South Pole, not North. I highly recommend it - it's a superb read.

The Bainbridge and Fiennes ones are both worth a read too, but read Cherry plus Scott's own diaries first!

Hope you love it, Nanny. Do come and report back!

Jack's Shackleton one is good too but I am firmly on team Scott. Actually I'm mostly on Team Birdie Bowers and there's a good book about him too, if anyone is interested!

Marmighty Mon 22-Aug-16 21:44:26

Also highly recommend biography of cherry apsley-garrard by Sarah wheeler, fascinating about the Explorer fever of the time, the trek, and the aftermath

Marmighty Mon 22-Aug-16 21:47:04

Oops, i meant apsley cherry garrard and it's by sara wheeler

NannyPhlegm Mon 29-Aug-16 20:32:44

Worst Journey In The World is the book I was thinking of (Thank you Remus) but I'm delighted with all the recommendations and have bought as many as I can afford. I'll update the thread to let you know how I got on with the various books. Thanks all

lamprey42 Thu 01-Sep-16 00:40:58

Great book. Hope you enjoy it. I'm off to purchase the birthday boys now. I love the book of Ponting's photos 'With Scott to the Pole' too. If anyone fancies a modern polar expedition one 'Call of the white' by Felicity Aston is about co-ordinating a Commonwealth expedition of novice women.

lamprey42 Thu 01-Sep-16 00:44:14

Oh and 'The great white south' by ponting too is another classic.

HopeClearwater Thu 01-Sep-16 01:03:51

Lovely to see so many people recommending The Worst Journey in the World. Such amazing characters - Bowers is also one of my favourites. Thank you to the pp who mentioned the Sara Wheeler bio of AC-G. Off to buy smile

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