The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Apsley Cherry-Garrard was only 24 when he set off in 1910 with Scott's expedition to Antarctica. The aim of the expedition was scientific but Scott also wanted to be the first man to reach the South Pole. At the end of 1911, Scott & his companions - Wilson, Oates, Bowers & Evans - set off for the Pole. Cherry & the rest of the team travelled with them, laying depots of food & supplies all the way. Expectations were high when the Polar Party departed from the rest as the outward journey had been positive & they calculated that Scott & his party would have no trouble reaching the Pole & returning. However, as the days lengthened into weeks with no sign of the Polar Party, Cherry & his companions realised that they would not be returning. They had to wait through another Antarctic winter before the relief party could go out to search for them & the tent with the bodies of Scott, Wilson & Bowers was found just eleven miles from One Ton Depot. Apsley Cherry-Garrard returned to England & served in WWI before being invalided out. The Worst Journey in the World has been called a great travel narrative & I suppose it is but I think it's a great classic of friendship, endurance & exploration under conditions that would have defeated lesser men.
The third and final book in the Rosie trilogy by Melbourne author Graeme Simsion is full of clever insights as Don and Rosie face the challenges of modern day parenting with their 11 year old son, Hudson. If you enjoyed the quirky humour of the first two you will not be disappointed
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