The book seemed to lack evidence or explanation of how people had overcome their problems to make a success of their lives. It was very unhelpful.
The anti-British tone of the sections about Northern Ireland. A complex history and community is simplified to be nonsensical extent. Patronizing and simplistic.
Unscientific. Patronizing. Simplistic.
The beginning, middle and the end.
Can I have my money back?
I have recently visited the Antarctic so wanted a book that gave me not just historical background but a "feel" for the atmosphere. This tale is very sympathetically read by David Horovitch. From the very first the description of life on the ship and just the logistical problems of getting there with sufficient provisions, dogs and ponies is made poignant by the knowledge that nobody returns. The account of the first storm will always stay with me - it is a haunting, harrowing tale of heroism that no-one today would undertake because we have too many health and safety rules. It is a reminder of the true meaning of heroism.
I gave it 4 stars not 5 simply because it is abridged.