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Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition Hardcover – 1 Jan 2009
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About the Author
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.
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This book tells the whole story of the first expedition Ernest Shackleton lead to the Antarctic. It begins with the roots of his Antarctic obsession, wintering in the Antarctic and achieving a "furthest south" with Captain Scott. Then the story of the expedition, and of the ship itself, begins in Britain and follows the expeditioners across the world. There are such unlikely pictures as Brocklehurst's photo of the Test Match in Sydney in December 1907 as well as the more traditional events such as training the ponies. The photos of the ship in storms in the Southern Ocean are just incredible - they really have to be seen!
And then there is the Antarctic, life at the base and in the field, the photographic record supplemented with paintings by George Marston. Penguins, of course, and seals, sledge dogs and a motor car. Plus all the achievements of the expedition, from the first ascent of Mount Erebus, to the geologists (including Mawson and Edgeworth David) going to the Magnetic Pole and, finally, Shackleton's own party setting their mark within 100 miles of the South Pole.
The book is rounded out with their return journey and Shackleton's global fame and knighthood.
Nimrod Illustrated is a volume worth many hours of careful perusal - or many years of casual dipping!
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