Lansing was an American journalist who interviewed all of the survivors of the Expedition from the 1950s and used all of the extant journals (mostly at SPRI) to write this amazing book.
p. 75-76: On the ice floe in November: The days were now considerably longer than the nights, with the sun setting about 9 p.m., and rising again near three o’clock in the morning. In the evening there was plenty of light for reading or playing cards. Frequently Hussey took out banjo around to the galley tent where the flicker of flames in the blubber stove warmed his fingers enough to play, and there was always a good turnout of singers. The seven men under Worsley’s charge in No. 5 tent instituted the practice of reading aloud each night. Clark was first, and he chose a volume inappropriately titled Science from an Easy Chair. Clark and hs seven listeners lay snuggling together for warmed, arranged in a circle around the tent with their feet thrust under a pile of sleeping bags to generate a little collective heat. When it came Greenstreet’s turn, he elected to read Sir Walter Scott’s Marmion. And Macklin allowed as how “I must confess I find his reading an excellent soporific.”
p. 150: Watching it [a sudden iceberg crumbling dangerously on the open sea], any of them sought to put their feeling into words, but they could find no words that were adequate. The lines in Tennyson’s Morte d’Arthur kept running through Macklin’s head: “I never saw, nor shall see, here or elsewhere, till I die, not though I live three lives of mortal men, so great a miracle….”