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4.0 out of 5 stars Unsung hero?, 28 April 2013
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Mawson was another polar pioneer in the great age of exploration, and yet his fame seems to have been lost in some way to the greater public renown of Scott and Shackleton. Ayres has done an excellent job of taking the reader through Mawson's life, highlighting not only his polar achievements and success in exploration, but also the true nature of mawson and what drove him. Clearly not a man in quite the same mould as Scott and Shackleton. His main focus being scientific discovery rather than fame. Having said that he was clearly comfortable living in a world of celebrity and mixed in high circles.

I think Ayres has done a great job in giving an undertsanding of the man and his achievements and would recommend anyone interested in Mawson, and the Edwardian age of polar exploration, to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very revealing read, 7 Jun 2009
Having read other books on early antarctic exploration, I find this one gives a very detailed insight into the nature of getting an expedition together, co-ordinating the funds, the crew and the work. Ayres has researched thoroughly and widely and sourced the diaries of Mawson's crew and supporters. It reveals individual struggle, anguish and character needed for such a life. A very good and enlightening read about Mawson and his life but also about his relationship with his men, his funders and with Shackleton.
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Mawson: A Life by Philip Ayres (Paperback - 15 Oct 2003)
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