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'Accomplishes what only the best biographies can' The Times

Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959) was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott's final expedition to the Antarctic. Cherry undertook an epic journey in the Antarctic winter to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin. The temperature fell to seventy below, it was dark all the time, his teeth shattered in the cold and the tent blew away. 'But we kept our tempers,' Cherry wrote, 'even with God.'
After serving in the First War Cherry was in an invalided home, and with the zealous encouragement of his neighbour Bernard Shaw he wrote a masterpiece. In The Worst Journey in the World Cherry transformed tragedy and grief into something fine. But as the years unravelled he faced a terrible struggle against depression, breakdown and despair, haunted by the possibility that he could have saved Scott and his companions.
This is the first biography and a brilliant one. Sara Wheeler, who has travelled extensively in the Antarctic, has had unrestricted access to new material and the full co-operation of Cherry's family.

Reviews

She brilliantly communicates the icy spell that holds her, and held Cherry, in its frozen grip

Observer

The Antartic world and its explorers linger long after the book is finished

Literary Review

There is insight and elegance in her writing, and the crystal-clear understanding that has made possible the ghostly re-incarnation of this elusive man

Sunday Times

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  • EBook

    9781407054377

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    384 pages

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  • Cherry
    Sara Wheeler

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    9780099437536

    December 2, 2002

    Vintage

    384 pages

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