Apsley Cherry-Garrard was born in 1886 and educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford. At twenty-four he was one of the youngest members of Scott's British Antarctic Expedition. He served in the First World War until being invalided out of the Navy in 1915 and started to write The Worst Journey in the World during his convalescence. He wrote introductory chapters to Wilson of the Antarctic (1933) and Life of the Bowers (1938). He died in 1959.