The Longest Winter

The Longest Winter

Scott's Other Heroes

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the story of Captain Robert Scott's Eastern Party, renamed the Northern Party in official documents, and their incredible survival of an Antarctic winter.

Perseus Publishing
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.

Book News
While the Titanic was sinking in the frozen north Atlantic, six members of Robert F. Scott's expedition to the South Pole were huddled together in an icy self-made cave trying to survive the harshest possible conditions. Three men were officers; the other three were seamen. The need for survival outweighed their custom of separation in the many months they were forced to work together in this common struggle and a permanent bond and mutual respect had grown. Hooper (post-graduate of Oxford), relates their story from the many letters, diaries and journals that were kept during these dismal, and oft-times hopeless, days. The book includes photographs. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint, 2011
ISBN: 9781582437620
Branch Call Number: 919.89 HOO
Characteristics: 358 p


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