TO THE POLE by Caroline Hamilton.
Published by Virgin ISBN 0 7535 0507 X

'Film financier Hamilton, leader of the British womans team to reach the South Pole this year, tells a pole to pole story here - not only the 700-mile marathon walk across the frozen Antarctic land mass, dragging food and equipment on sledges, but how her crew also trekked to the North Pole in 1997. The call of adventure comes across loud and clear in this well written account, including that Hamilton's ambitions to be the best were sparked by her brothers' childhood goadings of her as sissy and weakling. The descriptions of the selection and training of the five-women team on survival forays into Dartmoor show them to be anything but that. Sterling stuff, and Prince Charles gets an honourable mention as their patron.' Publishing News