Included here are notices of books not yet published and projects underway.
Last updated: 27 September 2018.Accessed at least times since 30 July 2007.
Baughman, T.H. Focusing on Antarctica between 1922 and 1941
Blackadder, Jesse. Chasing the Light; a Novel of Antarctica
Brannigan, David. Biography of T.W. Edgeworth David
Clough, Brenda A. May be Some Time
de Boos, Cris Some future titles
Fitzsimons, Peter. An heroic age book
Freemantle, James Shackleton & an Albion Press: the story of the first book printed in the Antarctic
Rossiter, Heather. Mawson's Forgotten Men, The 1911-1913 Antarctic Diary of Charles Turnbull Harrisson
Savours, Ann. Sir Clements Markham book and article
Stephenson, Robert. A Northern Party newspaper
Taaffe, Seamus. On Stackhouse
van Glintenkamp, Rik. A coffee table book on his Antarctic collages
Williams, Isobel and John Dudeney. William Speirs Bruce, Forgotten Polar Hero
James Freemantle, of St James Park Press, e-mails to say:
"Its working title is ‘Shackleton & an Albion Press: the story of the first book printed in the Antarctic’, printed letterpress and by hand on an Albion Press by the St James Park Press in a limited edition of less than 50 copies. To be printed in the winter of 2018, exactly 110 years since Aurora Australis was printed on an Albion Press. The edition will contain, amongst other illustrations and photographs, an original leaf of a watermarked Abbey Mills Greenfield paper, the same paper used to print the Aurora Australis."
(15 September 2018)
More details are now available.
FROM CRIS DE BOOS (Erskine Press)
Cris de Boos, of Erskine Press, e-mails to say:
"I've got two definite and one possible for this year. I've been offered a translation of the Lecointe: 'In the Land of the Penguins.' It's a very formal translation, actually a literal translation, and needs a lot work. However it hasn't been done before and it's worth doing. These days scanning in the pictures in the old book can be done with remarkable clarity."
(23 February 2018)
WILLIAM SPEIRS BRUCE, FORGOTTEN POLAR HERO
Isobel Williams and John Dudeney. Due to be published on March 15, 2018 in hardback by Amberley. 304pp. Price: £18. ISBN: 9781445680811 Web: https://www.amberley-books.com/
"William Speirs Bruce was a Scottish nationalist and naturalist who led the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902–04) as well as participating in or leading many other polar expeditions from 1892 through to 1919, particularly to Spitsbergen. He is now largely forgotten compared with the ‘greats’, Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. This biography returns to primary sources to provide a new and controversial view of the relationship between Bruce and the then President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Clements Markham, and also draws conclusions about Bruce’s personality, in particular suggesting that he was probably on the autistic spectrum.
Bruce was ahead of his time in dreaming of a network of cooperating meteorological stations in the south. He handed over the Laurie Island observatory to the Argentinians. He can be considered the Father of Meteorology in the South Atlantic. He had a lasting impact, publishing his work, under great difficulties, in six scientific volumes. His endeavours in the Arctic was notable for the extensive new surveys he undertook. The British Antarctic survey exists in its present form because of him. Despite being a strong nationalist – or perhaps because he was – his outlook was internationalist. Bruce was never awarded the Polar Medal; this book explains why."
—From the dustjacket
'This book reminds us of William Speirs Bruce's outstanding contributions in the Heroic Age of exploration both in science and to British policy for Antarctica. He was in advance of his time in exploring and charting both Polar regions; in the south he focused purely on scientific advance without commercial emphasis, whilst in the north he promoted controlled exploration of its resources whilst combining this with wildlife protection.'
SIR RANULPH FIENNES
Isobel Williams is a retired medical consultant physician who has gone on to become a widely respected author, speaker and lecturer on polar matters. Her work includes biographies of Edward Wilson and Edgar Evans. She lectures regularly on Shackleton, Wilson, Edgar Evans, Bruce, Mawson and on Antarctic subjects and has published papers on these great men.
John Dudeney spent forty years as a research scientist and then as the Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey. He travelled to Antarctica often and and spent two winters there in the late 1960s. In retirement he has become engaged in research on the political history of Antarctica from the 1880s through to the present day. He has published several papers in recent years that have looked at myths that surround the British explorers of the heroic age, with emphasis on Shackleton and Bruce. He lectures widely on Antarctic matters, including annual visits to Antarctic as a historian/guide.
(16 January 2018)
ADELIE MAIL & CAPE ADARE TIMES
Edited and prepared and with an introduction by Robert Stephenson.
"I've been working for over three years now on what at the outset seemed like a simple project: edit, prepare and publish a facsimile of a typed newsletter produced during Scott's Northern Party's stay at Cape Adare. Edited and typed by Raymond Priestley, this enterprise only produced one issue, the total press (or type) run being six copies—on for each member of the party—of which only one is known to exist. That lone copy is at SPRI which will join me as the co-publsher. The facsimile will be accompanied by a transcription to make reading the collection of stories, poetry, doggerel, etc., easier to read. Several images by Levick are likely to be included as well as a sketch or two by Priestley and a map. A forward by a prominent polar person will be included. The plan is to limit the publication to 100 quality produced hardbound copies. Subscribers will be solicited with pre-ordered copies probably being priced at £100. Expected publication date: sometime in 2016. Some more information on the original may be found at http://www.antarctic-circle.org/adeliemail.htm
(18 January 2015)
Jesse Blackadder's novel is about to be published by HarperCollins Australia (Fourth Estate). Trade paperback; also e-book. On sale 1 February 2013. 432pp. AUD$29.99.
"It's the early 1930s. Antarctic open-sea whaling is booming and a territorial race for the mysterious continent between Norwegian and British-Australian interests is in full swing. This was the era when Antarctica was closed to women, in spite of hundreds applying to expeditions (including those of Scott, Mawson and Shackleton).
Determined to learn more about the first women to reach Antarctica, Jesse Blackadder travelled to Norway where she made the exciting discovery that the first woman to reach the Antarctica Peninsula was not an explorer but Ingrid Christensen, a 38-year-old mother who left her six children behind and travelled there on a whaling boat four times in the 1930s with her husband, taking a female friend or two on each trip.
With this intriguing fact as inspiration, Jesse tells the story of a sea voyage from Cape Town by the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen and three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way onto the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica; Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who's been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents-in-law; and Lars's wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her."
—From her website www.jesseblackadder.com.
David Harrowfield e-mails from New Zealand that "Oamaru with 13,000 residents, is on our east coast. From here the news of the death of Captain R.F. Scott RN and his party, was sent off via Christchurch to London in February 1913.
At present we are planning major events in Oamaru to mark this significant occasion in polar history and expect people from beyond New Zealand to attend. I have a new book on Oamaru and Antarctica almost completed and an limited/numbered edition will be released at the time." [NOTE: Since published.]
(5 March 2012)
T.H. Baughman e-mails to say:
"I wanted to call to your attention and have you post on the works-in-progress page, that I am at work on a book that will describe Antarctica, 1922-1941. I failed to register a previous project and after two years of research discovered that someone else had completed her manuscript, so I am hoping to avoid that problem this time around."(13 August 2008)
UPDATE: The April issue of 'Analog' is now out. Not the easiest thing to find; took two trips to Harvard Square! Pp 12-41 out of 144 pages. This is what Brenda had to say recently: "The magazine has printed the novella [MAY BE SOME TIME], which is about 20,000 words and comprises the front end of the full novel. The web page [http://www.analogsf.com/0104/issue_0104.html] has only an excerpt of the novella, looks like the first couple thousand words. The magazine is a print publication and ought to be available now at newsstands, in big bookstores, etc. So on the web page you really are getting a very tiny sample indeed. The novel itself is far far longer (at this point I'd estimate 150,000 words) and will not be published until 2002 or 2003."
(15 March 2001)
UPDATE: Brenda recently reported that she's done another novella about Titus which should be appearing in the July-August 2002 issue of ANALOG.
Also, her first one "...has made the final ballot for the Nebula Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Writers of America. As a result, the complete novella is up on the Analog web site — www.analogsf.com" Congratulations!
(10 March 2002)
UPDATE: Have a look at Brenda's very useful bibliography at http://www.sff.net/people/Brenda/rtwbib.htm
(6 March 2003)
UPDATE: I recently received a copy from Rik; a very nice production. Am now waiting to learn of its general availability.
(28 January 2004)
UPDATE: The article appeared in the March 2001 issue (Vol 51 ; pp 44-51), entitled 'From Greenland's Icy Mountains.' Ann has been working on a book-length biography of Markham.
UPDATE: Ann spoke on Markham at the 4 November 2005 James Caird Society members' evening. Her book on Markham is complete but, oddly enough, no publisher is in the wings. Markham being the key figure in the launch of the 'Heroic Age' one would think this would be a very publishable biography, particularly given the credentials of the author.
(29 November 2005)