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5.0 out of 5 stars Call of White,
This review is from: Call of the White (Kindle Edition)Not a bit interested in snow and ice, but I heard the author speaking and she is so animated, smiley and easy to listen to. I had to get the book and was NOT NOT NOT disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book,
This review is from: Call of the White (Kindle Edition)A remarkable book by a remarkable woman. I've heard Felicity lecture a couple of times and her talks are always enthralling. This is one of those occasions when the book is even better that the talks. What she undertook even to get the expidition together, choosing the participants, obtaining the sponsorship, is an incredible achievment in itself and well beyond the abilitiy and determination of most people. To then successfully lead the expedition of novices across Antarctica is a testimony to her personal skills, her ability, detiermination, motivation and pastoral care. It's a gripping read throughout.
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected,
This review is from: Call of the White (Kindle Edition)In many of these adventure explorer books, the first one-third can be interesting. Planning the expedition, getting a team together, fighting for sponsorship - this stuff is usually interesting. Then the expedition sets off and it's just page after page of 'oh my god, we could have been killed!'. But by focusing on the individual women on the team and how the environment affects each personality differently, Aston keeps up the pace and holds your interest to the last page. This is a good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and empowering story,
This included taking women from places like Jamaica, Brunei and Ghana - not countries typically associated with cold weather exploits - to Antarctica after only two short training expeditions in Norway and New Zealand. The culminating expedition was only the final step along a bumpy road which included trying to gather applications from far flung countries by giving interviews on local radio stations, obtaining visas and blessings from high commissions and embassies, and generally trying to coordinate a huge project across seven time zones using email and Skype.
I was particularly keen to read this book, firstly because I knew some of the participants - apart from Felicity, who I'd met a few times through BSES, Helen Turton, who represented the UK, is a friend of mine, and various other familiar names crop up throughout the book, Guy Risdon doing the first aid, and Steve Jones sorting their Antarctic Logistics. I was also drafted in to work as the UK Support for their expedition so had an added interest in hearing how it all went.
One of the things that struck me was just how they went through on the ice that never made it back to me. I was the one that took their phone calls and uploaded their blogs and podcasts to the website every day but most of the stories were still news to me. A testament to the professionalism and collective brave face of the team.
In fact, Aston's professional approach and leadership shine through throughout the book. She meets her fair share of doubters along the way - no doubt sceptical about a "bunch of girls with no experience" trying to play with the big boys down in Antarctica - but she rises above them all with confidence (unlike the others, Aston has a wealth of expedition and polar experience).
Aston's journalistic skill is evident in a well put-together book that flows easily and doesn't suffer from any of the common pitfalls of expedition story telling. It must have been a difficult task to give a fair and accurate account of all that went on amongst the team but, as is evident from the thought processes laid out on paper, Aston is a thoughtful character who carries a responsibilities seriously.
What is refreshing about this story is that although Aston does of course end up skiing across Antarctica, you get the real feeling that this was never a project about her. It was not a just a handy marketing ploy to get another idea funded. You get the clear sense that she was trying to do something different and to make a statement, not just to her seven team mates but to women throughout the Commonwealth and people across the world. A wonderful and empowering story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story of the expedition process,
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, funny, unputdownable!,
There are lots of moments where I laughed out loud with the girls, and moments that had me in tears (although it pains me to admit it).
The massive challenge of putting together a trip like this (let alone completing the bloody thing) is a fascinating insight into expeditions of this size, and an inspiration to anyone, whether you want to do something like this yourself, or just apply it to your own personal challenges.
It is such a great adventure and accomplishment, and Aston has created a beautifully crafted record of it in this book.
I love it! I want another one! Felicity Aston is supercool.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!,
This review is from: Call of the White (Kindle Edition)I thoroughly enjoyed Call of the White, and gained a great respect for Felicity Aston! What an amazing task she took on to take such a diverse group on such a trip... Definately worth reading!
5.0 out of 5 stars Low on beards and testosterone,
It has all the usual good stuff that people enjoy in polar books (pulling big sledges, getting cold, being hard as nails) but it is the relationships between the women on the expedition that really stands out.
An excellent read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - had trouble putting it down.,
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and inspiring,
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Call of the White by Felicity Aston