• RRP: £9.99
  • You Save: £1.00 (10%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Call of the White: Taking... has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by the book house
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: This item will be picked, packed and shipped by Amazon and is eligible for free delivery within the UK
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole Paperback – 7 Mar 2011

4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£0.50 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£8.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole
  • +
  • Alone in Antarctica
  • +
  • Race to the Pole
Total price: £27.96
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale; 1 edition (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184953134X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849531344
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

'… author Felicity Aston describes how she led an expedition of "ordinary women" from all over the world - including some who had never seen snow - on one of the world's toughest journeys, skiing to the South Pole. The results: frostbite, injuries, hardships - and also newfound persistence, strength, and friendship.'

(Publishers Weekly (USA))

About the Author

Felicity Aston has spent over a decade travelling, working and living all over the Polar Regions. In 2009 she led the most international team of women ever to ski to the South Pole; this became the subject of her first book, Call of the White, a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition in 2011. Outside Magazine, the leading adventure-travel magazine in the US, named her one of their 2012 Adventurers of the Year.


Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Aston has a vision to take a small team of women from Commonwealth countries around the world on an Antarctic expedition, and after being promised support from The Winston Churchill Support Trust sets about selecting members.

She posts advert for candidates and goes to Ghana, India, Cyprus, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and New Zealand. Having whittled down around 800 applicants to 15 for a weeks training and selection in Norway. For some of the ladies this was a baptism by ice as they had never seen snow or experienced cold weather. She describes the emotion dilemma of selecting the final team, and telling those who would not be going.

With her team selected, she has the stress of trying to manage the team , the fundraising and the logistics of getting all to New Zealand for further training. She drops the New Zealand Candidate, after this as she feels that she wold be battling her throughout the expedition.

And so to the frozen continent. She finally makes it with her team, and they have several days acclimatising to the harsh environment. One member has t drop out, and following approval from the authorities they set off. The journey to the pole is mostly straightforward, there is the odd mishap, and flared temper, but these women are here for a purpose, and there are determined to make it.

It is a heartwarming book, Antarctica is harsh unforgiving environment, that the smallest of errors can be fatal, or cause serious injury. These women from diverse backgrounds became the first from some nations ever to get to the South Pole, and the first to ski there as well. Aston says at the end, if anyone says that you can't do something, remember this moment and know that you can.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We read this book after the return of Felicity from the South Pole after her triumphant Commonwealth Women's expedition and before her more recent transatlantic crossing of Antarctica on skis and alone. What strikes the reader is how Felicity's leadership skills are to the fore from the outset, getting funding, recruiting women and keeping them together on this amazingly tough trek. It is narrated with humour and pathos and the reader is able to get into the mind of this inspirational woman. It should become a manual of leadership technique. Being a multinational, multicultural team brought it's problems exemplified by the Christmas day celebration. One member of the team could not for religious reasons celebrate the Christian festival. How the matter is resolved is one of the small incidents that exemplify leadership and compromise by the team.
We were delighted to have the author sign our copy when she talked about her solo trip recently. Excellent read!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I read this on the recommendation of a friend, and loved it. I have read loads of books about adventurous expeditions, but not often about such a diverse and potentially challenging team. A someone who has led expeditions on a much smaller and less hard core scale, I really enjoyed the description of the whole process, from putting the team together, raising the funds, completing the training, all the way through the actual polar journey to the successful finish. Many people see an expedition as just the bit where you take the awesome pictures, but often some of the defining moments are in the long long lead up, and I thought this was really put across throughout this expedition story. I started reading it on a weekend away on DofE expeditions with students from my school, and was digging it out of my tent to quote bits all weekend to them, even from the first few chapters...hopefully some of them will be inspired to read it too!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Call of the White: Taking the World to the South Pole, is Felicity Aston's account of her project to create a team of women from eight different Commonwealth countries, with no polar experience, and get them all to ski to the South Pole.

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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback