Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel
Captain Robert Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole has been analyzed from many points of view, and some of his fellow explorers are well known. Though Henry “Birdie” Bowers (nicknamed for his prominent nose) was among the handful of men traveled with Scott to the South Pole and shared Scott’s fate, Bowers has received far less attention. Birdie Bowers seeks to correct this oversight. Tapping Bowers’ unpublished journals and correspondence, Strathie paints a fascinating biography of a man who relished challenge and hardship. Bowers’ early years were interesting, but when he reached Antarctica with Scott’s expedition it was hard for me to put the book down. If you like tales of adventure and exploration, Birdie Bowers is the book for you.