Following in Scott’s footsteps: Author talk on fatal Antarctic expedition biography

AN AUTHOR will be talking about her latest book - the first biography on a man who accompanied Robert Scott on a fatal Antarctic expedition.

Isobel Williams will be appearing at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth GC on Monday to discuss Captain Scott’s Invaluable Assistant: Edgar Evans.

Following the life of Royal Navy Petty Officer Evans the book explores the relationship he had with Scott as he joined him on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition in 1910.

Tragically the ‘Welsh Giant’, as Evans was known, was the first to die on the ill-fated return and posthumously, Evans was blamed in some quarters for causing the deaths of the whole party. It was suggested that his failure was due to his relative lack of education, which made him less able to endure the conditions than his well educated companions; a remarkable example of class prejudice.

Isobel Williams, who lives in Essendon, near Hertford, is also the author of With Scott In The Antarctic, a biography of Edward Wilson, who accompanied Scott on both the Discovery and the Terra Nova expeditions.

Entry to the bookshop in Eastcheap is �3 but is redeemable against the purchase of the book on the evening. Call David’s on 01462 684631 to reserve a space.