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The Longest Winter: Scott's Other Heroes Paperback – 9 Jun 2011
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A cracking story (Mail on Sunday)
This book relives their fears and squalid surroundings from day to day. Even as you lie in the sun on holiday, you will be chilled, gripped and amazed by the human resilience displayed in such awesome conditions (Daily Mail)
Authoritative and insightful . . . [an] enjoyable, vivid study of the English in extremis (Sunday Times)
The untold story of Scott's Northern Party and their incredible survival of an Antarctic winterSee all Product Description
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There are no such fears here. Hooper has produced a beautifully written and eminently readable account of the adventures of the 'eastern'/'northern' party that should satisfy the most critical (not least me!). Hooper brings the central characters very much to life and, notably, also treats us to illuminating insights into the progress of the 'Terra Nova' as it crisscrossed the Ross Sea and McMurdo Sound depositing and collecting personnel over two Antarctic summers. As a result, Harry Pennell also emerges from these pages as a character of some note for perhaps the first time in modern literature.
There is a careful and balanced approach in cross referencing to other contemporaneous activities in Antarctica and to the concurrent preparations of other expeditions, including those of both Mawson and the Japanese, in addition to selected and commenably brief references to the 'main events' associated with Scott and Amundsen, without labouring on details that are already well known and widely available in other accounts. Likewise, there is appropriate level of reflection upon Borchgrevink's earlier residence at Cape Adare.Read more ›
Meredith Hooper's book, in my option, is a more 'warts and all' tale than Lambert's and paints the very real)picture of six men - two RN officers, a scientist and three sailors - who were thrown together in the harshest way, didn't always see eye to eye but when the chips were down, worked together to survive in the most difficult of conditions and lived to tell the tale. In saying this, I don't want to take anything away from Lambert's book which I have read at least twice and was initially responsible for firing my interest in Campbell's party.
One reason why I might have enjoyed this account more is that I have recently been to Cape Adare, Cape Evans and Inexpressible Island and on the latter, stood on the spot where the ice cave was dug. I can say that the smell at Cape Adare as described by the Northern Party is still as rank 100 years later and that Inexpressible itself is perhaps the bleakest and most God forsaken spot on this planet. I was lucky enough to travel with Raymond Priestley's grandson who gave a talk about his grandfather - a privilege indeed!
I'm sure we were all impressed by the 'Chilean miners' but this tale of endurance ranks way above what they had to go through. Well done to Meredith Hooper for keeping it alive and for producing a very readable account.
The group was a microcosm of the main expedition - three naval officers or scientists and three other ranks. All the characters are well-described but particularlt Lt. Victor Campbell, the group's leader and a man who clearly had considerable ambitions to carve out a name for himself in Antarctic exploration.
The writer manages to capture the personalities and doesn't hold back on describing some of their less favourable aspects. It comes across as a fair account though with an overall sympathetic tone. The details of the Northern Party are interespersed throughout with snippets from both the main party and of the Terra Nova, helping to place their activities into an overall context with which many readers will already be familiar. The only thing that I felt was missing from the book was a brief account of what happened to the members of the party afterwards - something which features in many other accounts of the Heroic Age of Antarctica.Read more ›
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Everybody know's the story of Capt. Scott, but few know about these guys. It is superbly written and quite harrowing at times. Men were men in those days !! Read morePublished 17 months ago by nels68
I loved this book!
The struggle of six men surviving was laid beautiful against the backdrop of a life surrounded by ice, and the fact that their compatriots in other camps... Read more
Excellent book about the survival of six men against the severe elements in the Antarctic. I like reading about the interaction of the men with each other and the psychological... Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by frances
Hooper does a fine job here. Learn how to live in the Arctic . They were from a different age. Well researched and well written.Published on 11 Jan. 2014 by Bill Matthews
I finished reading this book about 4 months ago, but strangely enough, I keep thinking about the people in this book and the experiences they went through, at some point almost... Read morePublished on 30 April 2013 by Balraj Gill
A great read they dont make men like this anymore,although i still think scott was wrong,but worth a read just to see what they endured.Published on 9 Feb. 2013 by alan s