'An Empire of Ice' by Edward Larson is shortlisted for the 2012 Hessell-Tiltman prize
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Edward Larson’s An Empire of Ice has been shortlisted for this year’s £3,000 Hessell-Tiltman prize. The prize is awarded annually for a non-fiction book that shows high literary merit and covers historical periods up to and including the Second World War. Larson's acclaimed book is a riveting account of the great expeditions of Antarctica's Heroic Age, offering a new perspective by looking at them as successful scientific enterprises. The winner will be announced on 17th April at the London Book Fair (view the full shortlist here).
An Empire of Ice offers a new perspective on the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century by looking at the British efforts for what they actually were: massive scientific enterprises in which reaching the South Pole was but a spectacular sideshow. By focusing on the larger purpose, Edward Larson deepens our appreciation of the explorers' achievements, shares little-known stories, and shows what the Heroic Age of Antarctic discovery was really about.