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This is an auction for SHACKLETON'S CAPTAIN: A BIOGRAPHY OF FRANK WORSLEY by John Thomson. reviews:

"Frank Worsley shared with Sir Ernest Shackleton one of the greatest adventures of Antarctic explorartion. After their ship Endurance was crushed in the ice in 1915, they made what is perhaps the most famous small-boat journey in history, across 800 miles of the world's roughest seas to get help. Worsley's diaries and notes still provide the main records of that journey, yet the fame of Shackleton rather overshadowed the New Zealander. This first ever biography of Worsley sets out to restore the balance. It tells the story of his extraordinary life, and the devolpment of his remarkable skills as navigator and sailing master. It also backgrounds the friendship that fourished betweeen Worsley and Shackleton. In an age of mass communications, Frank Worsley would have been a public figure as famous as Hillary. This biography gives the New Zealander his proper place in history."

"FIVE STARS!!! This is my favourite book about Antarctic exploration. The book captures the humour, insight and stubbornness of Frank Worsley from his upbringing in Akaroa, New Zealand, to his adventures with Shackleton and maritime career. Worsley's skills as a sailor, navigator and writer made Shackleton's story possible and the book gives a clear insight into the personal qualities of heroic era adventurers 'when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel'. A facinating and exciting book, well written and researched, with excellent photographs."

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Large format paperback 2000.

208 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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