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Disasters, drudgery and dreams of jam: the best books to explore the Antarctic

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Ernest Shackleton’s account of his mission and Jenny Diski’s acidic travelogue are among author Jean McNeil’s favourites Antarctica is the fifth largest continent, but it is home to almost nothing. Only emperor penguins can withstand its lack of animal and plant life and shrivelling temperatures full time. Everything else, including humans, must migrate or die. In its vacant extremity, the Antarctic...

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