Acquired via BookCrossing 31 Jul 2010 – from donation by the Moseley Lions

I do like a polar book, and I like biography, so this book was naturally picked up.  And it was, indeed, both informative and enjoyable.  Alexa decides to give up her career in Australia and, on the strength of having been camp cook at a summer camp a few years previously, applies for a job as cook to a commercial operation handling air freight and passenger services to part of the Antarctic.  She’s really good on the emotional and practical issues of living on the ice – from pure terror in an ice storm through the minutiae of the core team’s reactions to one another, to the joy of running across the snow or visiting other camps.  It was good to have an epilogue to update us on what happened next.  Very interesting read – could have done with more photos apart from the ones on the cover.