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Author Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute... Read More

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Author Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and was previously Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum.Sets the events of 1911 in a rich historical context, whilst epitomizing the character and ideals of both Scott and Amundsen.Brings forward a range of rare materials: unpublished Herbert Ponting photographs, stunning artworks, ephemera and manuscripts from public and private collections.Includes evocative excerpts from the expedition narratives of our great polar heroes, modern contributions from authors, scientists and travellers exploring the ongoing geographic and imaginative meaning of the South Pole.Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and editor with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum and is now an award-winning author who writes and lectures widely about maritime history, exploration and the visual arts. His books include Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, and Mountain Heroes, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany. n 2015 he was awarded the Leif Erikson Exploration History Award by The Exploration Museum in Iceland for his commitment to the history of exploration. Huw is currently Editorial Director of the indie publisher Polarworld. Kari Herbert first started travelling at the age of 10 months with her father, the pioneering explorer Sir Wally Herbert. Her first book, The Explorer's Daughter, was chosen as 'Book of the Week' by BBC Radio 4.In 1911 the world was watching, waiting, hoping, attention focused on a desolate spot at the very end of the earth, as two men raced to conquer the South Pole. A hundred years after Roald Amundsen's triumph and Robert Scott's tragic demise, our fascination with the Antarctic remains as acute as ever. On the centenary of their epic expeditions, this book traces our search for the South Pole, from the earliest encounters with Antarctica's icy waters, through the Heroic Age to modern times. In addition to the words of Scott and Amundsen, vivid descriptions from the logbooks, journals and narratives of pioneers such as Carsten Borchgrevink, Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson provide first-hand experiences of this enigmatic and unforgiving region. In our own times, there is commentary from modern explorers and travellers, writers and scientists, who explain what the South Pole means to them. Among those featured are Edmund Hillary, Vivian Fuchs, Ranulph Fiennes and Borge Ousland. Stunning images by Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and from the personal collections of explorers and adventure photographers, as well as contemporary ephemera and artefacts, illustrate the hardships of life on the ice. The authors have woven together the narrative of this enduring human quest with individual stories to place the Scott-Amundsen race in historical context and consider its legacy in the manhaulers, extreme skiers and adventure tourists of today. In the 21st century the South Pole remains an international stage for ambition and personal endeavour. For anyone who has felt the pull of this magnetic place - this is the book for you.A stunning and fascinating visual history of a cultural phenomenon, a biography not of Captain Scott but of the South Pole itself. The words of Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, Edmund Hillary, Vivian Fuchs and Ranulph Fiennes ring from its pages, illustrated with unique photos from Frank Hurley and Herbert Ponting.The best, most balanced, authoritative and just plain excellent book on polar exploration that we've seen in years.

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Title: In Search of the South Pole
Author: Huw Lewis-JonesKari Herbert
SKU: BK0296494
EAN: 9781844861378

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Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and editor with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum and is now an award-winning author who writes and lectures widely about maritime history, exploration and the visual arts. His books include Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, and Mountain Heroes, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany. In 2015 he was awarded the Leif Erikson Exploration History Award by The Exploration Museum in Iceland for his commitment to the history of exploration. Huw is currently Editorial Director of the indie publisher Polarworld.

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