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Telling a tale of Endurance

HIS achievements ring out a century on but few will know some of the sides of Ernest Shackleton that Michael Smith shines a light on, in his biography of the explorer, By Endurance We Conquer. This book is a logical step on from Smith’s earlier book, An Unsung Hero Tom Crean – Antarctic Survivor. That work brought Crean into the Irish public consciousness for the first time and Smith, a former political and business journalist with The Guardian and The Observer, said he started writing it when he realised no-one else had chronicled the life of the Kerry man. “The more I read about people like Captain Scott and Shackleton and Amundsen, the more I came across this fella called Tom Crean and I thought I’d like to read about him. He seemed to be an interesting character, he cropped up everywhere. “Of course, when I looked for a book, there wasn’t one about him. That coincided with the time …

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