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  • Published: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780670079117
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

Shackled




When Australian-based scientist Chris Turney’s expedition got stuck in the Antarctic ice in 2013, it brought global attention to the dangers of the world’s least-known continent – and its fragility. Turney tells his own dramatic tale against the backdrop of the compelling history of Antarctic exploration and inspired by fears for the continent’s future.

In 2013, Australian earth scientist Chris Turney led an ambitious expedition to Antarctica. It promised so much – discovery, history, adventure – but came with great risk.

The story of Turney’s ship, the Shokalskiy, and the plight of the 71 people on board was broadcast around the world. We watched, listened and read as they became trapped on Christmas Eve, the hull of the ship pierced by a tower of ice. Efforts to rescue them were thwarted by fierce blizzards and roaming icebergs.

It was the modern, wired version of Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage and rescue, with one massive difference: Shackleton’s wife and children were not with him.

Shackled is a classic adventure story with a twist. As the ghosts of explorers like Shackleton, Mawson and Ross look on, the day-to-day tribulations of a ship facing uncertain danger unfold before our very eyes. We discover firsthand the latest scientific findings from the frozen continent and learn the fates of the many intrepid explorers in whose footsteps Turney and his team walked.

  • Pub date: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780670079117
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Chris Turney

Australian earth scientist Chris Turney has written three books to critical acclaim – 1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica; Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened; and Ice, Mud and Blood: The Science of When Things Happened. He has also contributed to The New York TimesThe Times (UK) and New Scientist.

Turney was the first recipient of the INQUA Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for pioneering research into climate change (2007), recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize (2008), the Geographical Society of London's Bigsby Medal (2009) and the AAS's Frederick White prize. He is currently Professor of Climate Change and Earth Sciences at the University of New South Wales.


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