I am Just Going Outside: Captain Oates, Antarctic Tragedy

I am Just Going Outside: Captain Oates, Antarctic Tragedy


By (author) Michael Smit

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  • Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 244mm x 20mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 1862273553
  • ISBN 13: 9781862273559
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 40 b&w photos, 3 maps, sources, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 434,446

Product description

This is the first biography for over 30 years, exhaustively researched from new material including major revelations involving his previously unknown and secret private life, of Lawrence Edward Grace 'Titus' Oates who became a dashing cavalry officer and hero in the Boer War, a successful jockey and who paid GBP 1,000 to join Scott's doomed South Pole expedition, before becoming a national hero for sacrificing himself to save his comrades. There is fresh analysis of his military career, both as hero in the Boer War, where he was denied a VC, and later in Ireland. This book offers a different perspective from the traditional myth of Scott's heroic failure and Oates' suicide. It examines Oates' private life and role of his austere mother who continued to control his memory long after his death, especially by ordering the destruction of his letters and diaries, kept hidden by her, and previously thought to have been destroyed, from her deathbed. It is beautifully illustrated with maps and photographs, many previously unpublished.

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Author information

Michael Smith gave up a 30 year career as a leading business and political journalist to write the bestselling biography, An Unsung Hero - Tom Crean. He was formerly Political Correspondent and Industrial Editor of the Guardian, City Editor of the London Evening Standard and Business Editor of the Observer. He has a long-standing interest in Polar expedition and this is his second historical biography. He lives in East Sussex.