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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Books; First Edition edition (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590208684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590208687
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,691,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An expertly told story that captures the detail and spirit of Antarctic adventure, then and now. Not only a compelling novel but an excellent tribute to Scott and his men" — Sir Ranulph Fiennes

"A book that had me captivated from start to finish. You don't have to be interested in exploration to enjoy this thrilling read." — Andrew Gulli, Editor, Strand Magazine

"A book that had me captivated from start to finish. You don't have to be interested in exploration to enjoy this thrilling read." — – Andrew Gulli (Editor, Strand Magazine)

"Sensual and intriguing, this is a story about passions: the passion between Adam and Birdie, the passion of the Antarctic explorers, and a passion for the truth. . . . Solid research and great attention to detail will appeal to Antarctic aficionados, while others will enjoy the engaging love story and touch of the paranormal." — Booklist

"This debut novel by Richard Pierce proves a poetically written narrative can also be riveting and engrossing. . . . a notable success. I highly recommend this novel." — The Washington Independent Review of Books

About the Author

Richard Pierce was born in 1960 and has lived in 21 different places since. He was educated in Germany and England. Dead Men is his debut novel.

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The story itself is about people and their experiences bringing them into a fresh understanding of life.
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From the very first pages I was swept up into the story, and found myself moved to tears before I'd gotten through the first chapter.
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This debut novel by Richard Pierce proves a poetically written narrative can also be riveting and engrossing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stevens VINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
They meet, accidentally, on the Tube. She is Birdie Bowers. And although she has the same first and last name as one of the men who died with Robert Scott on his journey back from the South Pole, she is not related to the famous dead man. Birdie's parents were obsessed with the Antarctic and knowingly gave her the name. Now she's obsessed with a certain aspect of the fatal mission and on the way to the Royal Geographic Society as part of her research when they meet.

He is Adam Caird and it's Birdie who has to explain to him that the `Caird' surname also has connections-to Antarctic because Ernest Shackleton sailed away to save his marooned men in the tiny lifeboat James Caird.

Soon enough, Birdie pulls Adam into her pursuit for understanding a critical aspect of the doomed mission. Although quickly smitten with the skinny Birdie, it's not Adam's thing.

"I didn't want to lumber my brain with useless half-truths," he says. "And with Scott, and most of the other things they wanted to teach us at school, there was too much Empire, so much propaganda. It's all done and dusted, finished. How can you glorify failure? It doesn't change anything? It hasn't changed the world we live in."

Great line: done and dusted.

Birdie is an enigma. She is also an artist who goes to her own shows incognito, it turns out. In fact, she's a graffiti artist known for her abstract renditions of E.A. Wilson's Antarctic sketches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Reading Dead Men felt shockingly personal, as Richard Pierce has created a story from two of my favorite topics: love and Antarctic exploration. (What an unexpected treat!) Beautifully written, the novel unflinchingly examines both of those topics. With a delicate complexity underscoring its straight-forward narrative, Dead Men is every bit as true as the historical facts around which it was built.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Kerns on November 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Who said literary works tend to be boring? This debut novel by Richard Pierce proves a poetically written narrative can also be riveting and engrossing. Dead Men is the story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated race to the South Pole. Arriving at his destination on January 17, 1912, Scott learned that the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen, had planted his flag there thirty-three days earlier. Returning north to his base, Scott and the four members of his party perished by starvation only eleven miles away from food and fuel. Scott and two others, Bill Wilson and Henry "Birdie" Bowers, were found frozen in their tent by Cherry-Garrard and other members of the expedition. They buried their comrades under a snow cairn in the tent where they had found them.
A century later we meet Birdie Bowers, an accomplished artist, named by her parents after their distant relative who died with Scott. She meets by chance Adam Caird, an older, introspective, computer wizard who drinks and smokes too much. He becomes obsessed with this erratic, spiteful, chameleon of a girl (any prospective mother-in-law's nightmare) who is obsessed with solving the mystery of how and why Scott and her namesake died.
The idea of obsession runs throughout. Birdie is obsessed to discover her namesake's grave and solve the riddle of why he died with Captain Scott when they had only eleven miles to go. Adam is obsessed with Birdie and trudges on in his effort to gain her love. Scott is obsessed with being the first person at the South Pole. Cherry-Garrard is obsessed with the thought that he was responsible for the death of his leader and the four other men. He also hears the voices and the songs.
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More About the Author

Richard Pierce was born in Doncaster in 1960. He has lived in 21 different places since, including London, Cambridge, Germany and Norway. He still prefers moving around to staying still.

Educated in England and Germany, he speaks English, German, and Norwegian, which can be confusing for those around him, but helps with research for his writing. He administers 3 grant-making charities.

Richard has lived in Suffolk since 2006, and has no immediate plans to leave. He is married, has four children, a cat, a rusty 1966 Triumph Spitfire, a collection of epees, and thousands of books in boxes.

He also writes poetry and paints.

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