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Meredith Hooper

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9. Juni 2011
Scott's 'Northern Party' played an important role in his iconic last expedition, but how did they survive? Their tents were torn, their food was nearly finished and the ship had failed to pick them up as winter approached. Stranded and desperate, the six men dug out an ice cave with no room to stand upright. Circumstances forced them closer together and somehow they made it through the longest winter. Working from diaries, journals and letters written by expedition members, Meredith Hooper tells the intensely human story of Scott's other expedition.




A cracking story Mail on Sunday This book relives their fears and squalid surroundings from day to day. Even as you lie in the sun on holiday, you will be chilled, gripped and amazed by the human resilience displayed in such awesome conditions Daily Mail Authoritative and insightful ... [an] enjoyable, vivid study of the English in extremis Sunday Times

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Meredith Hooper has the rare, possibly unique, distinction of being selected as a writer in Antarctica by three government programmes - the US National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Program, twice; by the British Admiralty, travelling on HMS Endurance; and by the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions. She has written a range of books and articles on Antarctica (general market, academic, children's). The Ferocious Summer was published in last August. Meredith Hooper is a UK Trustee of the Brussels-based International Polar Foundation, a Trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and served as a juror on the British Antarctic Survey's Artists & Writers Programme. She was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the US Congress in 2000. Meredith was born in Australia and has been living in the UK since taking up a scholarship at Oxford to do post-graduate research.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Splendid Read 23. September 2010
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This is Antarctic non-fiction at its best. A real page turner that I read in two sittings. Having spent a dozen austral summers on the Antarctic ice, I can tell the true McCoy description of Polar life and teamwork when I read it-- This little known tale of Scott's early South Polar explorers gets into the realities of living and working in the isolated days a century ago before telecoms and e mail. While the well known dramas of the South Polar race are in movies and books, Meredith Hooper tells the almost unknown tale of these extra-ordinary men of Scotts team who didnt go to the Pole, but explored and survived for over a year on a diet of only Weddell seal and penguin. Such a tale of extraordinary endurance. Hooper tells this tale intelligently,enchantingly and perceptively, often in the explorer's own words, since she has spent years studying the men's diaries at SPRI. Whats more she has visited the isolated Ross Sea spots where they lived or sailed past-- It doesn't get any better than reading this Antarctic tale to help one imagine what real exploration was like on this extraordinarily inhopitable continent---
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Excellent and gripping. A terrific read for anyone interested in South Polar expeditions at the turn of the century. Extremely well written and researched. The maps are clear and explain the planned sledging routes. You do seem to have more insight into the Eastern party (of Scott's exepedition) after reading this. Id recommend the book, gives a flip side to the other expedition that didnt head south with Scott in 1911.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The survivors story 6. Januar 2012
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Much has been written about Scott's epic and finally tragic journey to the South Pole but much less well-known is the extrordinary tale of survival of a detached and stranded party of six men from the expedition. With the exception of one of the officers, Raymond Priestley, this group had little arctic experience. They would have more than they cared for before they were through. Hooper's book is well-paced and leans much upon the first-person journal entries of the men involved.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Scott's Other Heroes"--An inspiring story, well-told 28. März 2014
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Of all the books about the "heroic era" of Antarctic exploration, there is one book so compelling in its subject matter, so detailed and literate in its delivery, that it deserves a mention here, and a wider audience.

The subject matter is the story of Scott's "Northern Party," who were initially detailed to explore King Edward VII land and when that goal proved untenable transferred their field of discovery to the continental corner of the Antarctic at the northern verge of the Ross Sea. Many of you are aware of their sojourn at Cape Adare, later extended to the southward at Evans Coves, and the brutally hard winter in an ice-lined burrow on Inexpressible Island. Some of you may be familiar with Raymond Priestley's diary published as Antarctic Adventure, quoted occasionally in this website one hundred years to the day after his words were written in 1912-13. Others may have encountered the story Victor Campbell published as "The Wicked Mate." But until you have read and reread Meredith Hooper's "The Longest Winter," I'm afraid you will not have seen the overview of the whole adventure well and uniquely told.

The Eastern Party (as they called themselves), thwarted in their mission to explore King Edward VII Land, went instead to Cape Adare for their first winter, and were transferred by the Terra Nova in the spring of 1912 to Evans Coves farther south on the coast of Victoria Land. There, after a successful season's exploration, they found themselves isolated in this barren land, and with the Antarctic winter coming on, holed up (quite literally) in a hand-dug snow cave on what they later called Inexpressible Island. These six men were forced to winter over surviving on the meat and blubber of the seals and penguins they killed in the autumn.

The hardship they endured here beggars description, but the diaries of these men, quoted at length in "The Longest Winter," bring to immediate life their struggle to survive. With no fuel but burning blubber, no clothing but those on their backs day and night, no food but the frozen meat of the animals they had killed, they endured. In time the spring would come, and the time to emerge from their dungeon, load their sledges once more, and complete the 620-mile journey to the relative safety and plenty of the Scott expedition's home base at Cape Evans.

Theirs is a tale of Antarctic survival that rivals all others. Told largely in their own words, it recounts endless months of misery with few regrets, of a growing sense of tolerance and interdependence that in the end demonstrates the enduring capacity of human endeavor to maintain, and to win through against overwhelming odds.

It is to author Meredith Hooper's credit that she gives them scope to tell their story. She weaves together each of the six personal accounts so that we the readers share their experiences as they happen, colored at times by the diverse lenses of those who are living them. She manages to sidestep the fault-finding that many chroniclers of the Scott expeditions seem to fall into, bringing out a largely unbiased, uncritical accounting of the decisions that brought the Northern Party into their desperate straits. Our view of events is thereby enlarged, and with it our respect for the men involved.

Hooper also looks outside the snow cave, to other fields of endeavor happening in the Antarctic at the exact same time, occasionally quoting from the diaries of other men in the field: Amundsen and Scott on their ways to the Pole, the residents at Cape Evans and Hut Point, the men on board the ship Terra Nova as she tries and fails to rescue the stranded Northern Party. This look at what is happening in other places at the same time is one of the real strengths of "The Longest Winter," that cements together the many efforts of what is essentially on large field exploration spread out across a continent.

Hooper ties it all together in a final chapter, when the men of the Northern Party, after two years of disappointment and privation come finally home to the security and plenty of the hut at Cape Evans. In spare and elegant language she shows us how in almost indescribable ways they have grown through their ordeal. And we, the readers, in sharing this with them, have also grown. There are few books that can claim this remarkable achievement.

"The Longest Winter: Scott's Other Heroes" by Meredith Hooper
Pubished by Counterpoint Press, Berkeley CA 2010

Review by David Hirzel, author of "Sailor on Ice: Tom Crean with Scott in the Antarctic 1910-1913" and "Hold Fast: Tom Crean with Shackleton's "Endurance" Expedition 1913-1916"
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