Something for the weekend: Eyewitness Accounts, Cezanne and Band of Brothers

Relive the adventures of both a polar explorer and a spy with these two new editions of historical accounts

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My Life as an Explorer by Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, was first published in 1927 but has been out of print for years. It enjoys a new lease of life with a re-release, available now.

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It is a thrilling account of all the achievements of the Norwegian explorer. He was not only the first to reach the bottom of the world, but he successfully traversed the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and flew over the North Pole in a dirigible. Written a year before his disappearance in 1928, during a rescue mission in the Arctic, this is a first-hand account of one of history’s most fearless explorers.

My Adventures as a Spy is a guide to pre-World War I espionage by Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement.

This autobiographical account was written in 1915 with Baden-Powell recalling his time stationed in Malta as an intelligence officer. It gives a unique insight into the world of spying before and during World War I including the unusual technique of sending clandestine information using drawings of butterfly wings.

Both books are published as part of the Eyewitness Accounts series by Amberley Publishing.

Ashmoleon, Oxford

A major new exhibition boasts a collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist masterpieces from some of the most acclaimed artists from the period.

Cezanne and the Modern features paintings and watercolours from master of landscapes Paul Cezanne, as well as Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet and sculptures by Paul Gauguin. 

The collection, formed by Henry and Rose Pearlman after World War II, can be seen at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford until 22 June.

On the sofa

This week saw the sad news of the death of William ‘Wild Bill’ Guarnere, a member of the famous World War II ‘Band of Brothers’, at the age of 90. The actions of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne – referred to as a ‘Company of Heroes’ – are the subject of the hit TV series Band of Brothers.

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Whether for the first time or revisiting the series, why not sit down with the box-set and share in the heroic deeds of Wild Bill and the men of Easy?