Kari Herbert came to Scotland this week to launch Heart of the Hero at Discovery Point in Dundee, on board the RRS Discovery – the ship that carried Scott, Shackleton and the rest of the crew on the British National Antarctic Expedition in 1901. It was this voyage that transformed both men into glamorous, world-famous polar-exploration heroes – and, in both cases, led to their marriages.
Heart of the Hero reveals the fascinating lives of seven remarkable women whose husbands became world-famous for their polar expeditions. Kari donated the very first signed copy to the polar expedition reference library at Discovery Point, where Gill Poulter hosted the day. The book includes extracts from previously unpublished journals and letters, and focuses the spotlight on the accomplished, strong women who until now have been reduced to historical footnotes. In the process, she unveils a new aspect of polar history that is simply too important to be ignored.
During the visit, Kari stayed at Channings Hotel, which was previously the townhouse home Ernest Shackleton moved into in 1904 with his bride, Emily Dorman. They lived there until 1910, while Ernest was Secretary of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
The on-board launch festivities were followed by a highly entertaining and well-received talk, and a book signing, at The Edinburgh Bookshop in Bruntsfield, where a great time was had by all.
BBC reporter Huw Williams was at the launch and his interview was aired on BBC Radio Scotland the following morning; Kari was also interviewed on the World Service Newshour and a story covering one of Kathleen Scott's remarkable letters – found in Scott's breast pocket – appeared in the Times, the Dundee Courier, the Herald, the Western Morning News and more.
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