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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Reardon Publishing; 2011 Updated Edition edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874192510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874192510
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 2.6 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. David M. Wilson, PhD. (Essex), FZS, was born in 1963. Having an early career in the theatre, he moved on to study at the United World College of the Pacific and the Universities of York and Essex, where he trained as a philosopher. He is also a trained Counsellor. With a strong interest in Aboriginal cultures, he also has a wide range of ornithological and natural history interests. These have led to ten years of working on Expedition cruise ships, where he is in increasing demand both as an ornithological field guide and as an historian. He boasts numerous explorers and ornithologists on his family tree, which add a uniquely personal flavour to many of his talks. Not least amongst these is his great uncle, Dr Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912. David spends much of his time working to promote our historic Antarctic heritage and is recently retired as Chairman of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK. He is also the producer of several books (Cheltenham in Antarctica: the Life of Edward Wilson, Reardon Publishing, 2000; Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition, Reardon Publishing 2001; and Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks, Reardon Publishing 2004) and has also produced a CD of historic Antarctic expedition songs and poems (The Songs of the 'Morning': a musical sketch, Reardon Publishing 2002). All the royalties from these works are donated to support Antarctic heritage projects.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Author Christopher J. Wilson Dip Eco (Cork), FZS is the great nephew of Dr Edward A. Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912. He is widely travelled, having spent time on all the continents of the world and has completed eight full seasons in Antarctica having first travelled to that Continent in 1999 on the Antarctic Circumnavigation. Born in the UK, he was educated in both UK and Africa, was a London policeman for 16 years and moved to Ireland in 1981. He completed a Field Ecology Diploma at University College Cork in the mid 1990s. Currently he is self employed as an Environmental Consultant based in County Wexford, Ireland specialising in field survey work (particularly birds). A highly respected ornithologist with over thirty-five years of bird ringing experience, in Ireland, UK and Australia, he includes in his scientific accolades the organisation of staff and volunteers in numerous ornithological surveys of national and international importance. Before taking early retirement in 2007, Christopher worked for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, for 16 years, serving as warden of Ireland's premier wildfowl reserve, 'Wexford Wildfowl Reserve'. He regularly contributes to a wide number of wildlife magazines, makes radio and television programs and featured in a half-hour television wildlife documentary on his work as a wildlife warden. He is an accomplished photographer contributing to numerous wildlife books. His own publications include: 'High Skies - Low Lands, An Anthology of The Wexford Slobs and Harbour' (1996); 'Wildfile - A Guide to Irish Wildlife' (1997); 'Wildlife Quiz and Amazing Facts Book' (1999)- with a second edition (2002); 'Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks' - published in November 2004 and 'The Lepidoptera of County Wexford' (2009). Christopher lectures extensively on birds and wildlife and is the current chair of the Wexford Naturalists' Field Club. He states that his personal motto of "Birds are my Passion, Wildlife my Nature" actively describes his interest, love and passion for our environment and its biodiversity.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Tyger on 6 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book makes an excellent companion in pictures to the tales of Scott's expeditions and is a thing of pleasure for itself - which can be recommended to anyone who recognises the beauty of the Polar Regions.

The story behind the book is that a few years ago, brothers David and Chris Wilson did a book on their Great Uncle's non-Antarctic artwork (Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks (Antarctic). Given Edward Wilson was one of Scott's closest companions they thought that everyone was already familiar with his Antarctic artworks. Well, it turns out that even they have been surprised by how much material there is. (The introduction says "even now, we are very concious of all the images that we have left out".)

This book is over 180 pages of wonderful images - even the copyright pages at the back are scattered with sketches and paintings. Wilson was already an accomplished artist when he went to the Antarctic on Captain Scott's first expedition, and provided scientific, geographic and just plain spectacular images of the new, icy world being discovered. There are sketches and paintings of the Emperor Penguins as he untangled their breeding biology, drawings of new coastlines, of the long winter nights and new spring dawns, of albatrosses and of the explorers' activities in camp and on the march. Altogether, the book covers both Scott's expeditions, right up to their journey back from the South Pole.

From tiny rough drawings to full page plates, this book has plenty to catch the eye at every turn of the page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pattinson on 11 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
for anyone whose interested in antarctica golden age then this is the book we have all been waiting for.
wonderful paintings by the truly gifted artist edward wilson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Symonds on 24 Dec. 2012
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An outstanding, beautifully produced, informative book. I thoroughly recommend it- for both history and nature buffs alike. To read through, or dip in, and to impress on coffee tables.
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