Michael Smith, author of Unsung Hero.

Unsung Hero
Michael Smith
Collins Press
€13.00 

Michael Smith, author of Unsung Hero, the biography of Tom Crean, made a quick visit to the shop this week.

Crean went to Antarctica twice with Scott and once with Shackleton and was highly respected by both. This book is an independent bookseller’s dream. It’s local – Tom Crean was born in Annascaul a few miles from Dingle and retired there to run the South Pole pub, which is still there – and it relates, to steal a phrase, two of the greatest stories ever told.