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With Scott in the Antarctic by [Williams, Isobel E]
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"Minor editing of repetitive sections would enhance this otherwise brilliant biography of a remarkable explorer. Highly recommended." --"The Historical Novels Review"

About the Author

Isobel Williams is a Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine who has been interested in Edward Wilson since she first saw his drawings while studying at St George's Hospital, London. This biography is the result of her passion for a truly great hero.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072K7AV8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #642,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In his introduction to 'With Scott in the Antarctic, Dr Mike Stroud, Ranulph Fiennes collaborator on his Transantarctic crossing, concludes ...'she has caught the man in context, conveying the time in which he lived and the environment in which he worked'. That, for me, sums up exactly this 2008 biography of Edward Wilson, the man who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott on both his Antarctic expeditions, and who famously died with him in 1912 on the second.

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.
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An elegantly written book by Isobel Williams that can be read on many levels. This portrait reveals a noble man whose faith gave him strength of purpose in the most extreme conditions: an inspiration to Scott and their fellow explorers. He took his responsibilities as a doctor seriously; his research was rigorous and the paintings and drawings, executed in dire conditions are exquisite. He kept a thorough and balanced diary even in the bleak times. What an exceptional man.

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.
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A Kid's Review on 3 Jan. 2010
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Scott's exporation of Antarctica and its tragic ending never fails to move me. They were all heroes but Edward Wilson (E.W.)shines out as exceptional; with 'Birdie' Bowers coming a close second. Such is my interest that I have read many books on Scott's expeditions, in particular those that focus on E.W. in an effort to get to know this exceptional man better. On receiving Isobel Williams book I read the 'Introduction' by Dr. Michael Stroud with excitement. He writes, "...but before I read this book, Wilson remained an enigma....He seemed a strange puzzle...I could not put these pieces together but Isobel Williams has let me do so." With Dr Stroud's pedigree I set off reading with interest expecting new knowledge and insight into E.W. I am sorry to say that in this context the book was a let down. If you have read Seavers work(s) on E.W. I believe it to be far more informative and interesting. At times I thought Isabel Williams was just writing another book on Scott's Antarctic exploration with the hook being E.W. I accept that on a couple of occasions new medical reasoning has been appied to unlock some of the myteries e.g. What was Edgar Evan's cause of death ?, but as regards E.W., well, to my mind, he deserved much much better. The book for me is sadly a missed opportunity on such a great and inspirational human being.
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Wilson's journeys to the Antarctic and the extraordinary artistic and scientific work he did there are remarkable achievements and have long begged a biographer able to capture the essence of the man behind them. Isobel William's portrait is itself a remarkable achievement and brings out the colours in Wilson's character, helping us to understand why Scott found no other companion more valuable, and how Wilson's relentless stoicism and good humour in the face of apalling suffering helped others to keep going. Williams reveals how Wilson's faith in God was at the core of his being, and gives us glimpses into the almost mystical form this took as conditions worsened. Wilson was exposed to conditions that are almost mind-boggling in their severity. Isobel Williams does not forget that she is dealing with high drama, and brings the story of these gruelling expeditions vividly to life.
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By far the BEST book I have read relating to Scott's Antarctic expedition. In fact I have nearly finished reading it for the 2nd time !! Wilson was a remarkable man and this book, which is very well put together, illustrates this. I have no doubt that I will even read it again in the future. Bazz
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