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But Isobel Williams must have faced at least two major difficulties in writing the book. Firstly, Wilson's wife Oriana destroyed her correspondence with her husband before she died in 1945. So only secondary sources on that aspect of Wilson's personal life were and are available to any modern biographer. Secondly, the story of Scott's expeditions has been told many times before. How would it be possible to tell the story in a fresh way, with added value?
William's difficulties are very apparent in her book. She relies very heavily for personal material, on George Seaver, who wrote Wilson's original biography in the 1940s, and had access to the correspondence. I have read Seaver, and I am not sure that Williams has been able to add much more than he was able to write 75 years ago. Though to be fair to Williams, she has conducted painstaking research and has gone to many other sources. In addition, though she emphasises Wilson's role in Scott's two expeditions, I am not sure anything very much is added to what many others have said in their exhaustive analysis of Scott's expeditions.
However, what certainly comes across in the biography is her empathy and admiration for the person of Wilson.Read more ›
The diligent research by a fellow doctor provides great insight into contemporary medical knowledge, (such as lack of adequate nutrition and the cause of scurvy) exploration and the current aspirations and concerns of society. Learning about the paucity of information and equipment makes the expeditions more remarkable.
This is a story of heroic adventure. The pace of the narrative reflects the unfolding drama of exploration in the Antarctic: a compulsive read, informative and enjoyable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After receiving this book as a gift from my thoughtful husband, not one I would have chosen myself(!) I have to say how pleasantly surprised I was. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2011 by Tanja & Anthony
An incredibly interesting version of Scott's Antartic exploration - a refreshing and fresh take on a known adventurer with the added twist of looking to Edward Wilson for further... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2011 by Tones
Of the many books written about Scott and his south polar expeditions, this one provides a unique, critical assessment of a man who was on both the Discovery Expedition (1901-04)... Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2011 by Bill
Dr William's extensive research has produced a most authoritative book. Edward Wilson was clearly a determined yet compassionate individual able to think clearly and calmly in the... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2011 by Roger, Edinburgh
Isobel Williams gives a fascinating, detailed description of the life of this strong character whose reliability and even temper was a huge strength to his companions. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2010 by J. C. Angel
This is a very well researched and detailed account of Edward Wilson's considerable contribution to Scott's Antarctic expeditions. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2010 by Mrs. Janet M. Keeley
Edward Wilson's story is one of almost unbelievable gallantry and endurance, so it was a pleasure to read an account that details the man behind legend. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2010 by Max
What an excellent book this is. Isobel Williams has taken on board more facts that the 'Terra Nova' and managed to weave them into a gripping narrative that would rival any novel. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2010 by R. L. Thomas
This is a fascinating account of one of the most heroic series of journeys ever undertaken. But more than that, this biography gives an insight into the life of a man whose sense... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2010 by Rose Cheadle
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