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Katherine MacInnes first became interested in the wives of the Antarctic explorers when her husband left to climb Everest. Her Snow Widows - The Scott Expedition and The Women They Left Behind -  the women’s story of collateral damage, broken promises, loneliness, euphoria, media intrusion, strength and empowerment - was sold at auction to HarperCollins UK in 2019 and will be published in 2021


She has written three plays and a biography of Oriana Wilson Woman with the Iceberg Eyes. She lives in Gloucestershire.


Night Witches The Untold History of Scott’s Fatal Antarctic Expedition Through the Eyes of the Women They Left Behind


‘I am reading it with fascination. It’s magnificent. [Katherine MacInnes has] an almost supernatural ability to conjure up the past.’ Sue Limb: co-author of Captain Oates: Soldier and Explorer.

'The story of the five women waiting at home for Captain Scott and his doomed polar party is naturally occluded in tragedy. In this engaging book Katherine MacInnes for the first time presents them – two mothers at the outset, and three wives – as distinct individuals, separated one from the other by class, education, faith and temperament …An elegant, densely textured work, like a tapestry … A welcome contribution to polar studies.’ Sarah Wheeler, Spectator

‘[MacInness] handles the whole thing with masterly skill…takes us to the heart of the hope, love, anguish and grief’ The Times

‘A breathless parallel narrative, flipping from the Antarctic horrors to the worried women keeping calm and carrying on … Mesmerising … Movingly done’ Kate Green, Country Life

‘Combining historical research, including access to family archives, with a vivid storytelling style, author Katherine MacInnes presents … the public and private fallout of the tragedy, which reveals much about society at the time. In doing so she presents a fresh and fascinating perspective on a wellworn story, as well as a window onto a lost world.’ This England magazine

'A truly gripping, original and refreshing angle on the history of polar exploration' The Bay magazine

‘Superb’ Bute Museum

‘[A] remarkable feat of historical reconstruction … Snow Widows offers a fresh perspective and a fascinating window onto a lost world … Fascinating and very readable biographical account by a writer whose passion for her subject shines through with every well written word.’ Jaffareadstoo

BIBLIOGRAPHY:Woman With The Iceberg Eyes: Oriana F. Wilson (History Press, 2019)