I woke up cold this morning and consequently feeling a bit sorry for myself. But before I had even emerged from beneath my duvet I realised how feeble I was being. I was under a duvet, inside a house, in balmy England. And so, with my mid-morning tea, I sat down with a sublime book to remind myself what cold was really like. Opening ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ completely at random I also reminded myself how brilliant the best polar books are and why I am desperate to see Antarctica for myself.
So here, to while away the long cold evenings, is a reading list of some of my favourite polar books. No more whinging under the duvet allowed! Read one of these masterpieces and be inspired to get out and enjoy the beautiful cold, frosty days…
- The Worst Journey in the World – Apsley Cherry Garrard
- The Birthday Boys – Beryl Bainbridge
- Mawson’s Will – Lennard Bickel
- South: the Endurance Expedition – Ernest Shackleton
- Ninety Degrees North – Fergus Fleming
- Scott of the Antarctic – David Crane
- Philospohy for Polar Explorers – Erling Kagge
- Mind Over Matter – Ranulph Fiennes
- South – Chris Orsman
And finally here’s a little video to remind you that your house isn’t that cold!
What have I missed out? I’m conscious that there are no Norwegian books here. Anyone know if there are English translations of their best stuff?
This post originally appeared on the howies blog.