Recommended Antarctic books, films, websites ...
Have we whet your appetite to learn more about Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen & Mawson and their heroic age expeditions?
Our top 6 book recommendations
- The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott
David Wilson, (Little Brown, 2011) An incredible collection of recently discovered photographs that bring to life the challenges of the Heroic Age. UK: link to book
- Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer
Michael Smith, (Collins Press, 2014) A wonderfully written, superb biography of “the Boss”. UK: link to book
- Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott’s First Antarctic Expedition
Judy Skelton, David Wilson (Reardon Publishing, 2001) Remarkable photographs depicting all aspects of the Discovery Expedition. Both authors are descendants of men who were on the Expedition.
- The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Vintage Classics, 2010) originally published in 1922. Cherry-Garrard was on Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.
- The Lost Men: The Harrowing Story of Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party
Kelly Tyler-Lewis (Bloomsbury, 2007) An unforgettable true story
- Captain Scott
Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Hodder Paperbacks, 2004) An incredible book about Robert Scott, written by Ranulph Fiennes, who is the world’s greatest living Polar explorer. Fiennes brings his own experiences into the descriptions of the challenges of Antarctic exploration.
Our top 5 films and video recommendations
- Shackleton – Death Or Glory
Recreation of Shackleton’s boat journey by Tim Jarvis, (Studio: Discovery Channel) DVD released in 2014
- Scott Of The Antarctic
Director: Charles Frend, Main actor: John Mills, (Studio: Ealing Studios) originally released in 1948, now available on DVD
Director: Charles Sturridge, Main actor: Kenneth Branagh, (Studio: Channel 4) DVD released in 2008
Director: Frank Hurley, featuring real footage shot by Hurley on the Endurance expedition
- The Great White Silence / 90 Degrees South
Director: Herbert Ponting with Robert Scott, (Studio: BFI Video) Originally released in 1933, featuring real footage shot by Ponting on the Terra Nova expedition
A complete list of the books and films we liked can be found in the Recommended Reading section of our book:
When Your Life Depends on It
Some of our favorite websites
The Antarctic Circle is a treasure chest of historical, literary, bibliographical, artistic and cultural aspects of Antarctica and the South Polar regions: www.antarctic-circle.org
Antarctic Posts Live from the Antarctic 1910-1916. Diary entries from the explorers of the heroic era, posted live one hundred years from the day they were written. www.antarctic-discovery.com
Athy, Ireland Heritage Center and Shackleton Museum: Host to the annual Shackleton Autumn School conference: www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie
Discovery Point, Dundee, Scotland: Excellent museum housing Robert Scott’s first Antarctic ship, the Discovery. www.rrsdiscovery.com
Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway: Wonderful museum housing Roald Amundsen’s Antarctic ship, the Fram. The Fram was built for Nansen’s Arctic expedition in the 1890’s so has a great pedigree. Also in the museum is Amundsen’s ship, the Gjoa, which he used to discover the Northwest Passage, and interestingly in a neighboring museum is the Kon-Tiki www.frammuseum.no
James Caird Society: Semi-annual meetings and newsletter. Meets at Dulwich College, England where Shackleton was a student. This is also where the James Caird lifeboat is housed. www.jamescairdsociety.com
Kingsbridge Books: Antiquarian bookseller specializing in books on the polar regions. www.kingsbridgebooks.co.uk. Autographed copies of our book (signed by Brad) are available from Kingsbridge Books.
Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK: Research institute and world’s greatest polar museum. www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/
Tom Cream Discovery website: The story of Tom Crean, Ireland’s Antarctic hero. www.tomcreandiscovery.com