It’s one of the great adventure stories, and this is a good introduction for all ages.
From the day his ship, the Terra Nova, left New Zealand on November 26, 1910, to his death after encountering temperatures of -40C, it was a tale both of extraordinary achievement and suffering.
Serious scientific research accompanied Scott’s aim of being the first to the South Pole, but he was beaten in that international race by Norwegian Roald Amundsen’s group by just a few weeks.
On his journey back to base, his small group encountered unexpectedly severe weather, and failed by just 11 miles to get to their next food source, only a relatively short distance from base.
It was an extraordinary trip, in circumstances that are almost impossible to imagine.
Grochowicz tells the story simply and vividly, giving life to the crew and fellow explorers who went with Scott so far into those appalling conditions, with just the support of a bunch of long-suffering ponies and sled dogs.
This is a great entry into what is a truly epic story, with a great collection of photographs.
And then go find a copy of Scott’s Last Expedition: The Personal Journals of Captain R.F. Scott – still widely available more than a century after publication in 1913 – for what is the incredible first-hand account.
This book was published in April 2017. The review was also published in the Herald Sun’s Weekend magazine.