Jenny Diski: The Afterlife of Captain Scott
9 February 2006
Show More Scott of the Antarctic: A Life of Courage and Tragedy in the Extreme South by David Crane.
HarperCollins, 637 pp., £25, November 2005, 0 00 715068 7Show More
“... as the apotheosis of duty, Britishness and the selfless, good death. Then, just in time for the arrival of Margaret Thatcher’s brash, commercial vision of what ‘British’ was supposed to mean, RolandHuntford announced a radical new verdict on Scott: as gravely inefficient, a hopeless incompetent, a victim of the exhaustion of empire. Later, in the 1980s, Trevor Griffiths endorsed the judgment ...”