The four men who accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed expedition each tell their own story in this fictional reconstruction of the attempt to reach the South Pole.
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Bainbridge's account of the horribly familiar story is both fresh and sure-footed. The power of her imagination, her clarity of expression and mastery of language are more striking than anything else I have read this year ( Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph)
A beautiful piece of story-telling. Far more accurately than any biography could do, it catches what must have been Scott's hold on his followers ( Andro Linklater, Spectator)
Her darkest work, equally convincing in tis evocations of the icy, unendurable landscape without, and the chilling interior landscapes of damaged souls ( Penny Perrick, Sunday Telegraph)
She writes of the hideous deprivations so boldly endured; the astounding beauties of the Antarctic landscapes; the personality clashes; the emotional reticences . . . It seems to me that Beryl Bainbridge has quite surpassed herself in a completely new im ( Mary Hope, Financial Times)
* A Bainbridge classic comes into Abacus paperback for the first time
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140172602
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140172602