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Widows of the Ice


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Anne Fletcher is an historian and writer. She has a successful career in heritage and has worked at some of the most exciting historic sites in the country including Hampton Court Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Bletchley Park and Tower Bridge. She is the great-great-great niece of Joseph Hobson Jagger, 'the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo' and he is the subject of her book 'From the Mill to Monte Carlo' published by Amberley Publishing 2018. Her search for his story started with only a photograph, a newspaper article and the lyrics of the famous song. The story was featured in national newspapers.


This is the most mesmerising book! I wanted to follow these women's lives - their highs and lows - and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. Their unique personalities leap out through Anne's expressive writing, and they appear so three-dimensional against such carefully constructed contemporary backdrops. This is social history at its best! -- Dr Janina Ramirez
A fascinating book that lifts the veil on an untold chapter of Polar history. -- Michael Smith, author of An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean and Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer
A first-rate expedition into lives of quiet heroism. Beautifully written and researched, Widows of the Ice is a compelling insight into the world of Edwardian women navigating fraught destinies. This fresh perspective on society and polar exploration deserves to be widely read. -- Lucy Adlington, author of The Dressmakers of Auschwitz
The women who supported polar exploration are often wrongly neglected, their contribution underplayed - this book sensitively introduces us to their lives in the aftermath of their beloveds' deaths. -- Dr Claire Warrior, polar historian
The human story behind the well-known heroism is beautifully told. After more than a century in the shadows, the wives left behind by the Scott expedition are brought vividly, poignantly to life. A compelling, unforgettable book. -- Tracy Borman

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