Captain Scott’s Invaluable Assistant, Edgar Evans

2 Feb

My book is to be published this week and I am delighted at the interest already expressed, particularly in Wales. I have been interviewed for ‘Wales This Week’, an ITV production in Wales which was an excitement; the piece is to go out on 14/02/12 and I also gave a short interview on ‘Good Evening Wales’  on the 17/01/12. I am to speak on the ‘Jamie and Louise Show’ next Monday, the 6th February and gave a long interview to Abbie of the ‘Western Mail’ for a  weekend supplement piece on the 18th. Incidentally the ‘Western Mail’ editor in 1909 ,W.E.Davies, organized great support for the ‘Terra Nova Expedition’ both with cash and much needed supplies.

The book launch will take place in Swansea Museum on 18/02/12, just over 100 years after Edgar’s death.

5 Responses to “Captain Scott’s Invaluable Assistant, Edgar Evans”

  1. Roger Button February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Dear Dr Williams,
    I am currently preparing a n explanitary panel to accompany theEdgar Evans tablet at Rhossili Church ( I prepared a similar panel to accompany the William Gibbs tablet a couple of years ago)
    and having spoken to Gary Gregor who has furnished me with much valuable information he suggested contacting yourself regarding the use of some material relating to Evans’s early days at Rhossili and Swansea.
    Should you agree to the use of short extracts of your book being used they would be properly referenced and also included in a list of further reading. Also I would be more than happy for you to see the panel prior to it being displayed at the church

    Yours sincerly

    Roger Button.

  2. Greg Lewis February 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi Roger

    You might be interested to know that Isobel is appearing in a special issue of ‘Wales This Week’ about Edgar Evans on ITV Wales, 7.30pm, Tuesday, February 14.

    More info here:


    • isobelpwilliams March 9, 2012 at 7:27 am #

      The documentary was excellent. Several interviewees answered questions about Edgar; their comments were interspersed with a film of the last expedition. It made compulsive viewing

  3. Kate Venables February 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    I have just finished the Edgar Evans book and really enjoyed it.It was interesting to see the use Isobel could make use of military personnel records in a biography. It is a good complement to Isobel’s Wilson book. I confess I enjoyed the Wilson book more, perhaps because I am a doctor also. Very impressive – Kate

  4. jamesrloram March 11, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Isobel, just writing to say how much I enjoyed the book. I felt that it provided an insight into an expedition, the details of which had been left behind by history. Evans has been reincarnated, and despite his depiction within the English media at the time, he appears to have been the cornerstone of the group. Your book also provided a timely reminder of the lengths gone to, privations endured and dangers faced in the name of science, that would be incomprehensible today.

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