Cherry, A Life of Aspley Cherry-Garrard

Anyone who studies historical exploration in the Antarctic will not disagree that this is a long overdue book. Cherry's anguish at discovering the bodies of Scott's polar party only ten miles from where he himself left the final food dump lived with him for the rest of his life. By all accounts many in Britain wanted an explanation about why he did not go further. Cherry must have asked himself this everyday of his life, the mental turmoil stayed with him until his death. Cherry also completed an over- winter journey across the ice to collect penguin eggs and his story told in ' The Worst Journey In The World' remains a classic. The journey however, was a zenith for him in that the finally got the adventure he was looking for, yet he remained unsettled and unfulfilled. Anyone who has read ' Worst Journey' will want to know more about the man. Sara Wheeler fulfils that gap with a well researched book and an insight into this man. Cherry would appear to have had a very easy childhood with a very financially comfortable family. Yet even at an early age he was considered a bit of a loner. Scott made an inspired choice in taking Cherry (money paid upfront probably helped) and you the reader can also see that there was more to this man than a upper class snob seeking thrills and adventures. Published 2001 by Cape.

Terra Incognita

Not strictly a book about historical exploration but a ' good read' nevertheless. It has an interesting female perspective on a male dominated continent and with it comes a sense of humour and a passion about Antarctica. Published 1996 by Cape.