MENTIONS OF BOOKS IN EXPEDITION ACCOUNTS AND OTHER WRITINGS
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"There was, however, not much to read, as Mawson, to save weight, had strictly limited the number of books the men could carry to one apiece. As he wrote in The Home of the Blizzard, 'Ninnis was not so badly off with a volume of Thackeray, but already, long ago, Mertz had come to the end of his particular literary diversion, a small edition of "Sherlock Holmes," and he contented himself with reciting passages from memory for our mutual benefit.'"
Roberts, David, Alone on the Ice; the greatest survival story in the history of exploration., p. 31.
"The ideal for Mawson was not Samuel Pepys, but the Canadian writer Robert Service, with this stirring tales of the Yukon that Mawson would read aloud to the men in the evenings."
Source: Day, David, Flaws in the Ice; In search of Douglas Mawson, p. 245.