The Longest Winter by Meredith Hooper
Scott's Other Heroes

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Through the eyes of the men involved, Meredith Hooper recounts one of the greatest tales of adventure and endurance, which has often been overshadowed by the tragedy that befell Scott.

Their tents were torn, their food was nearly finished, and the ship had failed to pick them up as planned. Gale-force winds blew, bitter with the cold of approaching winter. Stranded and desperate, Lieutenant Victor Campbell and his five companions faced disaster. They burrowed inside a snowdrift, digging an ice-cave with no room to stand upright, but space for six sleeping bags on the floor—the three officers on one side, the tree seamen on the other. Circumstances forced them closer together, their roles blurred, and a shared sense of reality emerged. This mutual suffering made them indivisible and somehow they made it through the longest winter.

To the south, the men waiting at headquarters knew that Scott and his Polar party must be dead and hoped that another six lives would not be added to the death toll. Working from diaries, journals, and letters written by expedition members, Meredith Hooper tells the intensely human story of Scott’s other expedition.

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Meredith Hooper uses the storybook form in WHO BUILT THE PYRAMID? to make the latest research accessible for a young audience. Meredith Hooper is an historian by training and the author of many books, ranging in subject from Antarctica to aviation, from the history of water to the history of inventions.Robin Heighway-Bury has been illustrating for sixteen years but this is his first book for children. Robin Heighway-Bury lives in London, and found inspiration for his illustrations for WHO BUILT THE PYRAMID? at the Egyptian galleries at the British Museum, which is just a short distance from his studio.From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 1, 2011 by Counterpoint. 385 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Hooper (The Ferocious Summer: Palmer's Penguin's and the Warming of Antarctica, 2007, etc.) focuses on six members of Scott's team who were given the task of exploring the glacial area to the east while Scott's team made a direct approach to the Pole.

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Lancashire Evening Post

As the drama of Captain Scott’s iconic polar expedition was unfolding in January 1912, a group of men from his ‘Northern’ party were about to begin one of the greatest ever tales of adventure and physical endurance.

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