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Alone on the Ice : The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration - David Roberts

Alone on the Ice

The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration


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'An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.' - Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.

Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, 'Which one are you?'

This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley's famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

About the Author

David Roberts is the winner of the Prix Mediterrane and the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival. He is the author of The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah.

"Illustrated with a trove of Frank Hurley's celebrated photographs, this is truly heroic stuff." The Bookseller "...Mawson's exploits and travails, chronicled in horrifying detail in Roberts's book, are the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters." The Observer "...thrilling book...Roberts...knows how to shape a narrative..." The Sunday Times "In Alone on the Ice, Roberts, a veteran mountain climber and chronicler of adventures, admirably succeeds in restoring the lustre that the AAE and its leader deserve." The Guardian Weekly "It [Alone on the Ice] will thrill fans of Scott and Shackleton." Patrick Neale, Bookseller's Choice, The Bookseller "A marvelous, chilling account of Douglas Mawson's death-defying 1913 expedition of Antarctica, illustrated by Frank Hurley's never-before-published photographs of the journey." barnesandnoblereview.com "...exhaustively researched and well documented..." Amateur Photography "Making use of rarely seen private diaries, impeccable research, and Frank Hurley's famous Antarctic photographs, author David Roberts shares this little-known but epic survival story in an absorbing narrative..." Outdoor Photography "...direct, deft prose..." Times Literary Supplement "Edmund Hillary reckoned it [Mawson's story] "the greatest survival story in the history of exploration" and author David Roberts retells it with page-turning clarity." Martin Hemming, Travel Picks 2013, The Sunday Times

ISBN: 9780393347784
ISBN-10: 0393347788
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 3rd March 2014
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1