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I May Be Some Time

I May Be Some Time

I May Be Some Time

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Published: 7 April, 2003
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I May Be Some Time is a richly engrossing cultural history of our obsession with ice, Eskimos and polar exploration. When Captain Scott died in 1912 on his way back from the South Pole, his story became a myth embedded in the national imagination. Despite wars and social change, despite recent debunking, it is still there. Everyone remembers the doomed explorers' last words - 'I'm just going outside, and I may be some time' - and history is what you can remember. Conventional histories of polar exploration trace the laborious expeditions across the map, dwelling on the proper techniques of ice-navigation and sledge-travel. But we rarely ask what the explorers thought they were doing, or why they did these insane things. I May Be Some Time is about the poles as they have been perceived, dreamed, even desired. It explores the myth as myth, showing how Scott's death was the culmination to a long-running national enchantment with perilous journeys to the ends of the earth. 'The thrills of desolation, of icy beauty, of challenge, of human courage, of comradeship . . . I May Be Some Time is a truly majestic work of scholarship, thought and literary imagination.' Jan Morris, The Times

. . . a high-cultural history, both passionate and intricate . . . Breathtaking. -- The Boston Globe
An engaging, elegant, often majestic work of cultural history. --T he Philadelphia Inquirer
Thoughtful, suggestive and oddly fascinating. -- Men's Journal

. . . a high-cultural history, both passionate and intricate . . . Breathtaking. -- The Boston Globe
An engaging, elegant, often majestic work of cultural history. -- T he Philadelphia Inquirer
Thoughtful, suggestive and oddly fascinating. -- Men's Journal

0;. . . a high-cultural history, both passionate and intricate . . . Breathtaking.1; 2; The Boston Globe
0;An engaging, elegant, often majestic work of cultural history.1; 2;T he Philadelphia Inquirer
0;Thoughtful, suggestive and oddly fascinating.1; 2; Men's Journal

. . . a high-cultural history, both passionate and intricate . . . Breathtaking. - The Boston Globe
An engaging, elegant, often majestic work of cultural history. -T he Philadelphia Inquirer
Thoughtful, suggestive and oddly fascinating. - Men's Journal

Francis Spufford was born in 1964. He is the author of five celebrated books of non-fiction. The most recent, Unapologetic, has been translated into three languages; the one before, Red Plenty, into nine. He has been longlisted or shortlisted for prizes in science writing, historical writing, political writing, theological writing, and writing 'evoking the spirit of place'. His first novel. Golden Hill, was published in 2016 and won the Costa First Novel Award. In 2007 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches creative writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and lives near Cambridge., Francis Spufford, a former Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (1997), is the author of five highly-praised books of non-fiction. The first, I May Be Some Time, won three literary prizes, and helped create a small new academic field, dedicated to the cultural history of Antarctica. The second, The Child That Books Built, gave Neil Gaiman 'the peculiar feeling that there was now a book I didn't need to write'. Backroom Boys was called 'as nearly perfect as makes no difference' by the Daily Telegraph; Red Plenty has been translated into nine languages, including Polish, Russian and Estonian; Unapologetic is richer in expletives than any previous work of religious advocacy, and is currently shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. He has also been shortlisted or longlisted for prizes in writing about science, history, politics and 'the spirit of place'. He teaches at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge with his wife and younger daughter. In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Type Book
ISBN 9780571218653
Number Of Pages 416
Item Weight 325 g
Product Dimensions 126 x 197 x 26 mm
Publisher Faber & Faber
Format Paperback