If you are looking for history, geography, mapping, timelines and a gripping true story of adventure, determination, danger and endurance to the point of death all within one wrapper, then this non-fiction rendering of Scott’s final journey is a book for you.
It tells the story of Captain Robert Scott’s race against the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen to reach the South Pole. Join Scott as he prepares, sails, arrives in Antarctica, sends out search parties and embarks on his last fatal adventure, only to find a Norwegian flag fluttering at his final destination. Discover how despair, cold, lack of food and a vicious storm defeated him and his team on their run for home. Find out how his scientific approach to collecting samples left rich information about an unknown continent for the search team who found and buried the frozen bodies.
This is a book packed with information which can be appreciated at several levels. The text itself is detailed and requires some stamina on the part of the reader but the rich, retro illustrations tell the story independently of the narrative for younger or less experienced readers. Although we take natural history knowledge for granted in the twenty-first century, readers of this book can embark on a voyage of discovery about a continent that was unknown a hundred years ago, discovering afresh the wonders of the Antarctic and one man’s determination to conquer it.