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Trial of Strength: Ad­ven­tures and Mis­ad­ven­tures on the Wild and Re­mote Sub­antarc­tic Is­lands Shona Rid­dell (Ex­isle Pub­lish­ing, $39.99)

The Sub­antarc­tic Is­lands are among the least vis­ited pieces of land with any con­nec­tion to this coun­try. Shona Rid­dell’s great- great- great­grand­mother was born on one of these re­mote, cold, windswept, bar­ren – you name it, they have a way to be un­wel­com­ing – rocks. Nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous, Rid­dell trav­elled there to try to get a sense of what her an­ces­tor’s life would have been like. She found a lo­cale of “oth­er­worldly plants and cu­ri­ous wildlife” and a con­nec­tion with her fam­ily and her past she could not have ac­quired in any other way. His­toric and con­tem­po­rary pho­to­graphs and il­lus­tra­tions, along with the sto­ries of many of the char­ac­ters who chose to jour­ney here in days gone by, make for fas­ci­nat­ing in­sights. This book may not ignite a tourist boom, but it will cer­tainly sat­isfy many peo­ple’s cu­rios­ity about these mys­te­ri­ous places.

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