Author(s): MacInnes, Katherine,
Date of Publication: 07/10/2019,
Pagination: 320 pages, 32 Illustrations, black and white,
Imprint: The History Press Ltd,
Published By: The History Press Ltd,
Book Classification: Biography: historical political & military, Gender studies: women, Expeditions
Captain Scott's expedition to the Antarctic, the most famous story of exploration in the world, played out on the great ice stage in the south.
Oriana Wilson, wife of Scott's best friend and fellow explorer Dr Edward Wilson, was watching from the wings. She is the missing link between many of the notable polar names of the time and was allowed into a man's world at a time when the British suffragettes were marching.
Oriana is the lens through which their secrets are revealed. What really happened both in the Antarctic and at home? Why did Scott's Terra Nova expedition nearly end in mutiny before it had even begun? Were the explorers' diaries as 'heroic' as they appeared to be?
Only Oriana can tell. She began as a dutiful housewife but emerged as a scientist and collector in her own right, and was the first white woman to venture into the jungles of Darwin, Australia.
Edward Wilson named Oriana Ridge, a little-known piece of Antarctica, after her on their tenth wedding anniversary. Oriana Wilson has been quiet for a century, but this biography gives her a voice and provides a unique insight into the early twentieth century through her clear, blue 'iceberg eyes'.