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Heart of the Hero

The Remarkable Women Who Inspired the Great Polar Explorers

Kari Herbert (Author)

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Heart of the Hero’ gives a compelling insight into the lives of some of the world’s most famous explorers, through the eyes of the women who inspired them to achieve great things. Author Kari Herbert explores the unpredictable, often heartbreaking stories of seven remarkable women who were indispensable companions, intrepid travellers and sometimes even the driving force behind our best-loved polar heroes, such as Scott and Shackleton. Drawing on her own unique experience as the daughter of a pioneering polar explorer, and using extracts from previously unpublished historic journals and letters, Herbert blends deeply personal accounts of longing, betrayal and hope with tales of peril and adventure.

REVIEWS OF Heart of the Hero

'“This highly enjoyable book is an important addition to polar and exploration history.'” -– The Library Journal

'“Writes with the insight of someone who has the land in her blood”.' -– The Independent

'“A fascinating and hugely enjoyable book which makes a valuable contribution to polar literature”.' -– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

'Refreshing and absorbing... remarkable stories.' - The Herald

“'A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the true heart of these polar heroes”.' -– Arctic Book Review


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  • Rights: UK, IE exclusive
  • BIC code(s): BGH, WTLP, 1MTN
  • BISAC code(s): BIO000000

Heart of the Hero

About the author

Kari Herbert

Kari Herbert is the author of the bestselling, multi-translated memoir The Explorer’s Daughter, an account of her early life in a remote Inuit community in Greenland with her mother and father, the renowned explorer Sir Wally Herbert. The founding director of Polarworld and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she is a seasoned traveller, a popular public speaker and an accomplished photographer. She has appeared widely on radio and television and her work has been published in the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Independent and the Guardian, as well as many international publications. She lives in Cornwall with her husband, polar historian Huw Lewis-Jones, and their daughter.