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The story of Australia’s most famous polar explorer and the giants from the heroic age of polar exploration: Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton

Sir Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, remains Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, his Australasian Antarctic Expedition left Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below Australia, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. He was on his way to fulfil a national dream he had first conceived three years earlier, while on his first trip to the frozen continent on the Nimrod expedition under the leadership of the charismatic Anglo-Irishman Sir Ernest Shackleton. Even as Mawson and his men were approaching Antarctica, two other famous Antarctic explorers were already engaged in nothing less than a race to become the first men to reach the South Pole. While Roald Amundsen of Norway, with his small team, was racing with dogs along one route, England's legendary Scott of the Antarctic, with his far larger team, was relying primarily on ponies and 'man-hauling' to get there along another. As Mawson and his men make their home on the windiest place on earth and prepare for their own record-breaking treks, with devastating drama to be their constant companion, the stories of Amundsen and Scott similarly play out. With his trademark in-depth research, FitzSimons provides a compelling portrait of these great Antarctic explorers. For the first time, he weaves together their legendary feats into one thrilling account, bringing the jaw-dropping events of this bygone era dazzlingly back to life.

Reviews

[FitzSimons] knows how to make words race like eager sled dogs on their homeward run.

Greg Ray, Newcastle Herald

Don't be put off by its size - this is a fantastic read and a great history lesson. Expect a few long nights of reading because this is a book you won't want to put down.

Ian Foster, Weekend West, Perth

...A thrilling and compelling portrait of these great Antarctic explorers.

Cruise Passenger Magazine

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  • Paperback

    9780857987204

    December 1, 2014

    William Heinemann Australia

    768 pages

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781742752792

    December 3, 2012

    William Heinemann Australia

    768 pages

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  • Hardback

    9781741666601

    November 1, 2011

    William Heinemann Australia

    768 pages

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    9781742754581

    October 26, 2011

    RHA eBooks Adult

    765 pages

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