Captain Oates, Soldier and Explorer.



This is a well-researched book and is a worthy addition to the Antarctic library. One reason why the research is so detailed is that Oates's sister and some of his personal friends contributed towards the book. The authors, I believe have captured the essence of the man. He was intelligent, courageous and had strength of character, he quickly saw Scott for what he was worth, and with the occasional grumble got on with the job and did it to the best of his abilities. The manner of his death is covered well in the book and leaves the reader full of remorse for what was probably a needless death, yet with admiration for the man who knew what he had to do in order to stop being a burden on the others. Of course, the blunt version is that Oates should have done what he did earlier.

The book was first published in 1982 by William Batsford and reprinted in 1982 and 1983. The book was re-published in 1995 by Leo Cooper (Pen and Sword Paperback).