That First Antarctic Winter.


The story of the Southern Cross expedition of 1898-1900 as told by the diaries of Louis C. Bernacchi. Published by Southern Latitude Research, New Zealand. The publishers have the following comment on their blurb by H.G.R.KING, polar authority and one-time Librarian, Scott Polar Research Institute ''Janet Crawford has made a first-class job of transcription and knitting together the fragments - the diaries themselves are really hard to decipher in places - and the result is a text which "makes one gasp and stretch one's eyes"; one knew that a pretty dismal time was had by all at Camp Ridley. In all it demonstrates so very vividly how (to quote Louis Bernacchi), "a handful of men who are thrown together day after day, month after month, become irascible and impossible towards one another".