Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring Explorers by Kari HerbertPolar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring Explorers by Kari Herbert

Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring Explorers

byKari HerbertForeword byJon Bowermaster

Paperback | March 9, 2012

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The compelling stories of seven adventurous women.

Polar explorers were the superstars of the "heroic age" of exploration, a period spanning the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In this engaging book, author Kari Herbert explores the unpredictable, often heartbreaking lives of seven remarkable women whose husbands became world-famous for their Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.

As the daughter of a polar explorer, Herbert brings a unique perspective to these stories. In her portraits of the gifted sculptor Kathleen Scott; eccentric traveller Jane Franklin; spirited poet Eleanor Anne Franklin; Jo Peary, the first white woman to travel and give birth in the High Arctic; talented and determined Emily Shackleton; Norwegian singer Eva Nansen; and her own mother, writer and pioneer Marie Herbert, Kari Herbert blends deeply personal accounts of longing, betrayal, and hope with stories of peril and adventure.

Previously consigned to historical footholes, these women were vibrant, strong-willed individuals in their own right, playing essential roles in supporting, publicizing, defending, and even financing their husbands' expeditions. Their stories take us not only to the polar wastelands but also through war-torn Macedonia, the lawless outback of Australia, and the plague-riddled ancient cities of the Holy Land. With extracts from previously unpublished journals and letters, Polar Wives will appeal to everyone from travellers and polar enthusiasts to those simply fond of a good story.

Kari Herbert’s father, pioneering explorer Sir Wally Herbert, took her and her mother to live among the Polar Inuit on an island off Greenland when she was just ten months old. Today, Herbert is an acclaimed author, photographer, and speaker. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, and the Guardia...
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Title:Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring ExplorersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 9, 2012Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:192681262X

ISBN - 13:9781926812625

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Table of Contents

ForewordIntroduction, Prologue & Author's Note Part One--A Restless Companion1 - Call of the Lodestar--Jo Peary 2 - The Singer in the Snowdrift--Eva Nansen 3 - The Forgotten Bride--Eleanor Anne Franklin 4 - This Errant Lady--Jane Franklin 5 - An Eagle in the Backyard--Emily Shackleton 6 - A Father for my Son--Kathleen Scott 7 - On Top of the World--Marie Herbert Part Two--Love and Labour8 - The Petticoat Fiasco--Jane Franklin 9 - Meteoric Task--Jo Peary 10 - The Dread Thundercloud--Kathleen Scott 11 - Tilting at Icebergs--Marie Herbert Part Three--Darkest Days12 - A Man in a Million--Eva Nansen 13 - Cold Awakening--Jo Peary 14 - I May Be Some Time--Kathleen Scott 15 - A Bit of a Floating Gent--Emily Shackleton 16 - Healing Quest--Marie Herbert Part Four--A Hero, My Husband17 - Lady Franklin's Lament--Jane Franklin 18 - The Price of Fame--Jo Peary 19 - No Happier Woman Ever Lived--Kathleen Scott 20 - Rejoice My Heart--Emily Shackleton Epilogue--Acknowledgements--Chronology--Sources

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"To say that [Herbert] merely balances the record with 'Polar Wives' would be a gross understatement. Every story Herbert tells is fascinating for itself, and the book is compelling. With a nice selection of photos, an ample supply of larger-than-life characters, and settings like no other, this is a book that should easily stand the test of time and has earned its place on exploration history shelves everywhere." -- Bookslut