NO EARTHLY POLE
The search for the truth about the Franklin expedition 1845
ERNEST C. COLEMAN
369pp. Amberley. 25 [pounds sterling].
Every field has its contrarians, and among writers on the history of Arctic exploration no one occupies that role with more self-evident relish than Ernest Coleman. He is a former Royal Navy officer, and if a man could be said to channel an institution, this book is surely what that would look like.
From 1990 to 1995 he organized four expeditions to King William Island in the Canadian Arctic, where the tragic demise of Sir John Franklin's last expedition unfolded between the autumn of 1846, and the...