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IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTH POLE

IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTH POLE

by Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert
Hardback
Publication Date: 12/12/2011
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In 1911 the world was watching, waiting, hoping, attention focused on a desolate spot at the very end of the earth, as two men raced to conquer the South Pole. A hundred years after Roald Amundsen's triumph and Robert Scott's tragic demise, our fascination with the Antarctic remains as acute as ever. On the centenary of their epic expeditions, this book traces our search for the South Pole, from the earliest encounters with Antarctica's icy waters, through the Heroic Age to modern times. In addition to the words of Scott and Amundsen, vivid descriptions from the logbooks, journals and narratives of pioneers such as Carsten Borchgrevink, Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson provide first-hand experiences of this enigmatic and unforgiving region. In our own times, there is commentary from modern explorers and travellers, writers and scientists, who explain what the South Pole means to them. Among those featured are Edmund Hillary, Vivian Fuchs, Ranulph Fiennes and Borge Ousland. Stunning images by Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and from the personal collections of explorers and adventure photographers, as well as contemporary ephemera and artefacts, illustrate the hardships of life on the ice. The authors have woven together the narrative of this enduring human quest with individual stories to place the Scott-Amundsen race in historical context and consider its legacy in the manhaulers, extreme skiers and adventure tourists of today. In the 21st century the South Pole remains an international stage for ambition and personal endeavour. For anyone who has felt the pull of this magnetic place - this is the book for you.
ISBN:
9781844861378
9781844861378
Category:
Expeditions
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
12-12-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
192
Dimensions (mm):
267x197x18mm
Weight:
1.02kg
Huw Lewis-Jones

Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was formerly Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum, London.

His books include The Conquest of Everest (winner of the History Award at the Banff Mountain Festival), The Crossing of Antarctica and Across the Arctic Ocean. He is the author, with Kari Herbert, of the bestseller Explorers' Sketchbooks.

Kari Herbert

Kari Herbert is a writer and artist/illustrator. She studied at Exeter College of Art and her writing, art and photography has been exhibited and published around the world. She grew up in Greenland, but is now living by the sea in Cornwall, where she writes a blog for the respected Newlyn School of Art.

She has written several books on exploration, women’s history and visual culture; her most recent being the award-winning, international bestseller Explorers’ Sketchbooks , co-authored with her husband Huw Lewis-Jones. When not traveling in wild and woolly places, Kari can usually be found creating artworks in her leaky garage.

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