Excellent biography of a heroic yet troubled man,
This review is from: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Hardcover)
If you have read Sara Wheeler's other books about the Antarctic you will enjoy this one.
The book is long overdue biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard and also tells the fascinating story of Captain Scott's famous expedition to Antarctica of 1910-13. Cherry's part in the expedition is revealed in detail and it also gives an interesting insight into to the relationship between other key members of Scott's team.
It is hard not to feel sympathy for a man whose life was haunted by his (perceived) failure to save the lives of his friends. Wheeler's book is a great companion to "The Worst Journey in the World". Readers that have not already read this work will surely do so after finishing "Cherry".
My only disappointment was the relative lack of material on Cherry's life after he had written "The Worst Journey in the World". Some years past without mention and I think more could have been made of Cherry's reaction to the renewed exploration of the Antarctic continent during and after World War Two. How did he view the establishment of Operation Tabarin and the British Antarctic Survey? After all, this was something he had advocated in "The Worst Journey in the World". Also no mention is made of the exhibition of Antarctic artefacts in 1931 that George Seaver writes about in his introduction to "The Worst Journey in the World".