Polar explorers of the Victorian and Edwardian eras were superstars in their day.
Exploration was a male domain, but, for the intrepid few who married these heroes and, in some cases, joined them on the extreme frontiers, life was every bit as dangerous, gruelling and thrilling – yet their stories have gone untold, until now.
For they are the subject of author Kari Herbert’s new book, Heart of the Hero, which she will be discussing next Wednesday at The Mainstreet Trading Company, St Boswells.
In her portraits of, among others, sculptor Kathleen Scott; Jo Peary, the first white woman to travel in the high Arctic; tenacious Emily Shackleton; and her own mother, adventurer Marie Herbert, author Kari Herbert blends accounts of longing, betrayal and hope with moments of breathtaking peril.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes says of the book: “Kari’s writing shows an extraordinary depth of thinking as she explores the lives of these largely forgotten women…A fascinating and hugely enjoyable book which makes a valuable contribution to polar literature.”
The event is on Wednesday, October 23, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 (includes a glass of wine).
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop on 01835 824087.