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  • Shackleton's Epic.
  • Alone in Antarctica.
  • Arctica. Exploring the Poles.
  • Shackleton.
  • Antarctica
  • Under Sail in the Frozen North
  • In Shackleton's Footsteps
  • In the Kingdom of Ice
  • Racing with Death
  • The Arctic – an Anthology
  • The Antarctic – an Anthology
  • The Impossible Rescue
  • In Search of the South Pole
  • The Expedition
  • The Magnetic North
  • Barrow's Boys
  • True North
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    SHACKLETON'S EPIC
    By Tim Jarvis. Paperback, 0.45kg, 152mm x 235mm, 288 pages. Published 2016. (New Edition)
    A new edition to mark the centenary Ernest Shackleton's epic 1916 journey across 1300 kms of hostile ocean in a tiny, leaking boat and unmapped ice and snow to reach a rescue station, by British-Australian explorer Tim Jarvis, who recreated 'Shackleton's Epic' in 2012.

    Sir Edmund Hilary called it the greatest survival story of all time. In 1916, just months into Ernest Shackleton's third expedition to the South Pole, his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and sank. With winter setting in and supplies running out, Shackleton faced a terrible quandary: should he and his crew stay on a tiny inhospitable stretch of Antarctic island and die waiting? Or should they make an almost certainly doomed journey, and sail in a lifeboat across 900 miles of the world's wildest ocean then trek over unmapped glaciers to reach help. Showing astonishing courage, Shackleton and a small band of men set off in an open boat. Even more astonishingly, they survived.

    Almost a century later, explorer and environmental scientist Tim Jarvis set out with a crew of five to replicate Shackleton's journey, using the same equipment, eating the same unpalatable food and facing the same hostile ocean conditions. Shackleton's Epic is the story of that trip - the wretched lows and the occasional highs and the mental and physical toughness required to survive in one of the last wildernesses on earth.

    Moving between the past and the present, this is a must-read book for all Shackleton fans and lovers of epic adventure.

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    ALONE IN ANTARCTICA
    By Felicity Aston. Paperback, 0.20kg, 130mm x 198mm, 250 pages. Published 2013.
    What would it feel like to be out there alone in that empty vastness? Just before midnight on 24 November 2011, Felicity is left completely alone on the coast of Antarctica. The isolation is instant and devastating. Only three people in the world have crossed Antarctica alone. The first two were men and both Norwegian. At the age of 34, British woman Felicity Aston became the third. Unlike her predecessors, she didn’t use kites or parasails to assist her. Within days, frozen into her facemask and reflecting on what had drawn her to such a place, she was battling desperate weather as she towed her heavy sledges.Every morning she wakes believing she cannot face another day as the expedition becomes a race against time to reach the coast before the last flight out.

    This gripping and inspirational account of personal endurance shows what you can achieve when you grit your teeth and decide just to get through today in one piece.

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    ARCTICA. EXPLORING THE POLES.
    By Editions Places des Victories. Hardback, 3.6kg, 300mm x 300mm, 568 pages. Published 2010.
    In Arctica A photographic human history of the North and South Poles. This huge, weighty coffeetable book includes over 450 photographs from the golden age of exploration with descriptions of the explorations and biographies of the men taking part.

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    SHACKLETON.
    By Endurance We Conquer

    By Michael Smith. Paperback, 0.43kg, 126mm x 198mm, 443 pages. Published 2015.
    Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary character who pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago and became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. A charismatic personality, his incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He joined the Empire’s last great endeavor of exploration: to conquer the South Pole with Scott on the Discovery expedition. A clash with Scott led to Shackleton being ordered home and started a bitter feud between the two. Shackleton's riposte was the Nimrod expedition, which uncovered the route to the Pole and honed the leadership skills that later encouraged men to overcome unimaginable hardship on the Endurance expedition of 1914. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions, and failed business ventures, contrasted with celebrity status as the leading explorer. Persistent money problems left his men unpaid and his family with debts.

    This is a highly readable and fascinating exploration of the man behind the myth.... Smith ranks Shackleton among the greatest explorers, yet he was held back by a lack of practicality, exemplified by his underestimation of the need for prowess in handling dogs and skis for ease of travel on ice.

    The author presents a lively account of the race to the South Pole, ultimately won by the Norwegian Roald Amundsen in 1911, and the bitter rivalry between Shackleton and his other British contender, Robert Scott.... An illuminating perspective of the man, his mission and the era in which he lived."

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    ANTARCTICA. An intimate portrait of the world's most mysterious continent.
    By Gabrielle Walker. Paperback, 0.65kg, 152mm x 234mm, 388 pages, 1 section with colour photographs, Published 2012.
    In Antarctica Gabrielle Walker weaves an amazing story of many threads into an intricate tapestry made up of natural history, poetry, science, exploration and epic adventure. She describes what it feels like to be there in sub-zero temperatures, contemplating the achievements of Amundsen and Scott, Mawson and Shackleton, staring in wonder at the Southern Lights or zipping across the snow on a skidoo - she made five trips between 1999 and 2008 - and why it draws so many different kinds of people back there, again and again. Delighting equally in the science, the wildlife, the people who run the bases, and above all the sheer wonder of the place, she paints a revealing portrait of the most mysterious of earth's continents: the valley of meteorites; the South Pole astronomers staring through a unique window in space to the origins of the Universe; waterfalls that run uphill; and ice cores that hold our planet's climate history in tiny bubbles of ancient air.
    There have been many books about Antarctica in the last hundred years, but where most have previously focused on one aspect of the continent, none until now has managed to capture the whole extraordinary story.

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    UNDER SAIL IN THE FROZEN NORTH.
    By Frank Arthur Worsley. Paperback, 0.33kg, 140mm x 216mm, 215 pages. Published 2003.
    Frank Arthur Worsley commanded the ship "Endurance" for Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the Weddell Sea. The saga of that trip is recorded in Worsley's Shackleton's Boat Journey. A dozen years later, Worsley was co-leader of another adventure, the 1926 Arctic Expedition. His partner, who had set the expedition in motion, was Grettir Algarsson.
    Worsley had scientific interests, which gives this account the informed, friendly air of a naturalist's tour.
    Unlike Worsley's trip with Shackleton, this expedition proceeds more or less as planned - which is remarkable, considering the location and the equipment.
    Worsley is charming, informed, and competent - both as a sailor and as a writer. This book will make you want to sign on to his next crew headed north.

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    IN SHACKLETON'S FOOTSTEPS.
    By Henry Worsley. Paperback, 0.25kg, 133mm x 204mm, 260 pages, back & white and colour photos. Published 2012.
    In 1908, the legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton led a group of three men on a daring and death-defying attempt to become the first men to reach the South Pole. A mere ninety-seven miles from their goal but in the face of the harshest weather conditions, near-starvation and certain death if they continued, Shackleton and his men turned back to safety. Their exploits have never been forgotten.
    Exactly one hundred years later, a team of three men led by Henry Worsley decided to retrace the 820-mile route that Shackleton and his men had taken, and finish the journey to the Pole. Inspired by Shackleton's spirit, courage and leadership, Worsley walks in his hero's footsteps and comes to truly understand the limits of human endeavour.
    Describing in fascinating detail the stark contrasts between the two expeditions - food and medical supplies, modes of travel and communication - as well as the emotions and challenges that both teams share, In Shackleton's Footsteps parallels the history of the original expedition with the grit and determination of Worsley's own journey.

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    IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE, The grand and terrible polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette.
    By Hampton Sides. Pbk, 128mm x 198mm, 454 pages, Black & White photographs. Published 2015. 0.35kg.
    In 1879 the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds and a frenzy of publicity. The ship and its crew, captained by the heroic George De Long, were heading for glory and one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. But it was not long before the Jeannette was trapped in crushing pack ice. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies, facing a seemingly impossible trek across the endless ice. Battling everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition fought madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

    With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, In the Kingdom of Ice is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

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    RACING WITH DEATH.
    By Beau Riffenburgh. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 296 pages. Monochrome photos.
    This book tells the breathtaking story of Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expeditions, in which he more than once narrowly escaped with his life.
    Mawson had been a key member of Shackleton's 1907-09 Nimrod expedition. In 1911 his own Australasian Antarctic Expedition set off for the great white south, pitching camp on the slopes of the Beardmore glacier. When both members of his party died, however, he was left to struggle the hundreds of miles back to base, only to find that the rescue ship had sailed away, leaving him to face another year in the Antarctic.
    Mawson's expeditions were scientifically and geographically groundbreaking, and established Australia as a key player in the Antarctic. Mawson himself, who had complex relationships with both Scott and Shackleton, was changed utterly by his struggles in that harshest of environments and his story, brilliantly told by Beau Riffenburgh, is a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme duress.

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    THE ARCTIC - AN ANTHOLOGY.
    by Elizabeth Kolbert (Editor). Paperback, 130mm x 195mm, 275 pages.
    Beautiful, barren and under threat, the far north has long held a position of fascination in our collective imagination.
    Featuring writers as diverse as Barry Lopez, Greta Ehrlich and Fridth Nansen, The Arctic bears witness to the allure of this striking, desolate landscape through a collection of the most vivid and compelling fiction, travelogues and natural science writing inspired by the North Pole.

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    THE ANTARCTIC - AN ANTHOLOGY.
    by Francis Spufford (Editor). Paperback, 130mm x 195mm, 281 pages.
    One of the last truly wild spaces left on Earth, the South Pole has long inspired fascination and exploration. Bringing together writers as diverse as Ernest Shackleton, Jenny Diski and Sara Wheeler, The Antarctic collects the most evocative and engaging fiction, travelogues, cultural history and natural science writing in a celebration of this stark, compelling continent.

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    THE IMPOSSIBLE RESCUE.
    By Martin W Sandler. Softcover, 0.67. 230mm x 250mm, 164 pages. Paperback Edition Published 2014.

    The dead of an Arctic winter. Whaling ships full of men, stranded in ice. In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska's coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them. The mission? A perilous trek over 1,500 miles of nearly impassable Alaskan terrain, in the bone-chilling months of winter, to secure two herds of reindeer (for food) and find a way to guide them to the whalers before they starve. With the help of photographs and journal entries by one of the rescuers.

    Martin W. Sandler takes us on every step of their riveting journey, facing raging blizzards, killing cold, injured sled dogs, and setbacks to test the strongest of wills

    Please Note: While this edition is aimed at the 12-15 year old market, we feel the style of writing indicates it fits in well with both the adult and the younger market.

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    IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTH POLE.
    By Kari Herbert & Huw Lewis-Jones. Hardcover, 1.03kg. 205mm x 275mm, 192 pages. Published 2012.
    In 1911 the world was watching, waiting, hoping, attention focused on a desolate spot at the very end of the earth, as two men raced to conquer the South Pole. A hundred year after Roald Amundsen's triumph and Robert Scott's tragic demise, our fascination with the Antarctic remains as acute as ever. On the centenary of their epic expeditions, this book traces our search for the South Pole, from the earliest encounters with Antarctica's icy waters, through the Heoric Age to modern times. In addition to the words of Scott and Amundsen, vivid descriptions from the logbooks, journals and narratives of pioneers such as Carsten Borchgrevink, Ernest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson provide first-hand experiences of this enigmatic and unforgiving region. In our own times, there is commentary from modern explorers and travellers, scientists and writers, who explain what the South Pole means to them. Among those featured are Edmund Hillary, Vivian Ponting and Frank Hurley, and from the personal collections of explorers and adventure photographers, as well as contemporary ephemera and artefacts illustrate the hardship of life on the ice.

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    THE EXPEDITION
    By Bea Uusma. Paperback. 280 pages, 130mm x 197mm,
    On July 11th, 1897, three men set out in a hydrogen balloon bound for the North Pole. Led by engineer August Soloman Andrée, they want to make history, but are frighteningly underprepared. Three days into their journey they make a crash landing and disappear into a white nightmare. They never return. 33 years later, the men's bodies and equipment are found buried beneath the snow and ice on a deserted glacier. They had enough food, clothing, and ammunition to survive. Why did they die?

    66 years later, Bea Uusma is at a party. She pulls a book off a shelf about the Andrée Expedition. For the next 15 years, Bea will think of nothing else. This is her journey to uncover the truth.

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    THE MAGNETIC NORTH.
    By Sara Wheeler. Paperback. 354 pages, 130mm x 197mm, black & white photographs.
    Smashing through the Arctic Ocean with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herding reindeer across the tundra with Lapps and shadowing the Trans-Alaskan pipeline with truckers, Sara Wheeler discovers a complex and ambiguous land belonging both to ancient myth and modern controversy. The Magnetic North is a spicy confection of history, science and reflection in which Sara Wheeler meditates on the role of the Arctic: fragmented lands which fed imaginations long before the scientists and oilmen showed up (not to mention desperado explorers who ate their own shoes). The Magnetic North tells of all this, plus gulag ghosts, old and new Russia, colliding cultures and bioaccumulated toxins in polar bears.
    Chosen as the Book of the Year by Will Self, Micahel Palin, A,N Wilson, Robert Carver and others. Received outstanding interviews in the Sunday Times, Literary Review and the Scotsman.

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    BARROW'S BOYS, A Stiring Story of Daring, Fortitude and Outright Lunacy.
    By Fergus Fleming. Paperback, 150mm X 228mm, 489 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    The atlas of 1816 was littered with blanks. What was the North Pole? Was there a north-west Passage? Did Antarctica exist?
    In his quest to find the answers to these questions John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, launched the most ambitious programme of exploration the world had ever seen.
    This book brings these expeditions together in one volume, showing the strategic intent as well as the adventures themselves. A major interest in this book is that, in the modern idium for accounts of exploration, each tale includes a great deal of anecdotal narrative concerning the personalities involved. This brings the stories alive in a remarkable way.

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    TRUE NORTH. Travels in Arctic Europe.
    By Gavin Francis. Paperback, 130mm x 197mm, 316 pages, 0.341 kgs, some colour photographs, publ. 2010 (2nd Ed.).
    The stark, vast beauty of the Arctic Europe landscape has seduced explorers and adventurers for thousands of years. In this striking blend of travel writing, history and mythology, Gavin Francis offers a unique portrait of the northern outposts of Europe.
    His journey begins in Shetland and takes him to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, then Svalbard and on to Lapland. Francis explores the creeping effects of climate change and the impact that modern culture with its 'guns, trucks, pornography and alcohol' has made on fragile and isolated communities.
    As with all the best travel writing, True North is an engaging compassionate tale of self-discovery, blending historical and contemporary narratives in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Robert Mcfarlane.

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