Cherry Gerrard provides a vivid description of the whole of Scott's sad tale to the pole in 1910-1913 including a description of the shattering discovery of the tent containing Scott, Bowers and Dr Wilson which brought me to tears. It also includes detail of the extraordinary trip that he undertook with Birdie Bowers and Dr Wilson to collect some Emperor penguin eggs to see if they provided an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles. It was a 5 week journey undertaken in almost complete darkness over horrendous terrain and in unbelievable weather. At
one point their tent is blown away and it seems that all will be lost......somehow, Birdie spots the tent flapping in the distance and so ensures their survival. I was not sure whether it was a tale of immense heroism or immense stupidity to undertake the trip in the first place - these men were giants in their determination to complete their task against all the odds.
Cherry Gerrard provides some thoughts about why Scott might have decided to take 5 men to the Pole rather than the 4 which had always been planned (so food, accommodation, equipment etc etc was all based on 4 rather than 5 men), and gives his insights into the myth of Scott which persists today. A wonderful, compelling read - it brought me to tears on a number of occasions.