A Brit a Day [#720]

Today’s guest brit is author Sara Wheeler.  After I read Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s stunning account of the South Polar treks of 1912 in ‘The Worst Journey in the World,’  I wanted to ‘meet’ him you might say.  The only effective way to do that outside of his own words is in Sara Wheeler’s biography of him. […]

A Brit a Day [#706]

Today’s Brit is a true hero, a newly discovered hero to me, who furthered science, literature, and the human spirit considerably.  He is Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a member of Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to Antarctica from 1910 to 1913.  The end of this month marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic end to Scott’s quest for […]

A Brit a Day [#692]

I just finished reading Beryl Bainbridge’s novel, The Birthday Boys, an account of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic march to the South Pole told in turns from the point of view of the five men who died there.  Here is an excerpt from the final section, the words of Captain Titus Oates as Bainbridge imagines them– […]