ANTARCTIC BOOKS DUE and WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

Included here are notices of books not yet published and projects underway.

Last updated: 25 July 2014.

Accessed at least many times since 30 July 2007.




INDEX OF BOOK PROJECTS INCLUDED BY AUTHOR:
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
Fitzsimons, Peter. An heroic age book
McOrist, Wilson. Shackleton's Heroes
Rossiter, Heather. Mawson's Forgotten Men, The 1911-1913 Antarctic Diary of Charles Turnbull Harrisson
Savours, Ann. Sir Clements Markham book and article
Smith, Michael. A book on Shackleton
Taaffe, Seamus. On Stackhouse
Tarver, Mike. On Atkinson
van Glintenkamp, Rik. A coffee table book on his Antarctic collages



A BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD ATKINSON

Mike Tarver
Mike writes to say that: "At present, I am well advanced on a biography of Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929) DSO AM MRCS LRCP RN. "ANTARCTIC EXPLORER & WAR HERO—The man who found Captain Scott." I hope to have the book published early in 2015…
(23 July 2014)


SHACKLETON'S HEROES

Wilson McOrist
Wilson e-mails to say "My book is finished. My literary agent said she liked it. And she tells me a publisher also likes it. Publication date has not been set yet though, and may be in mid—2015.
The book is now titled "Shackleton's Heroes". You may remember that the focus on my book is to have the Mount Hope Party story told, through the diaries of the six members of that party. Both Sir Ralph Fiennes and Dr. David Harrowfield are very pleased with my final manuscript. Sir Ranulph Fiennes has provided the Foreword and he states, in part:

I believe the diaries of the Mount Hope Party are an Antarctic literary treasure. I congratulate Wilson McOrist for not only bringing them out of obscurity but for weaving them together so they tell the fascinating but true and definitive story of the Mount Hope Party.
David Harrowfield has written a postscript which includes these comments:
Wilson's book is also of significance as for the first time the sledging accomplishment of the men who ensured the final depot was laid for Shackleton beside Mt. Hope and is told through their written accounts. One can feel very close to each of them. The words of these young men convey hardship and suffering, along with times of sadness and perhaps contentment, in a way that this aspect of the expedition is now brought to life.
(7 February 2014)
A BOOKLET ON SLEDGE TRIALS IN FRANCE

Judy Skelton
Judy reports in a Christmas letter that "I'm also working with the Director of the Alpine and Arctic Garden at the Col du Lautaret, in the French alps, on a booklet about the trials carried out there on prototype motorised sledges by Scott, with Skelton and Barne, and Dr Charcot, France's famous polar explorer. We hope it will be published next year."
(28 December 2013)



J. FOSTER STACKHOUSE'S 1914 BRITISH ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION

Seamus Taaffe e-mails to say that he is "conducting research into J. Foster Stackhouse's 1914 British Antarctic Expedition with a view to publishing my research in 2015 to mark the centenary of Stackhouse's death on the Lusitania. Not sure where or how it will be published but I will let you know in due course."

Stackhouse planned to lead an expedition to explore King Edward VII Land and Graham Land. He went down on the Lusitania while returning from raising funds in the U.S. The expedition, therefore, never happened.
(3 April 2013)

CHASING THE LIGHT; A NOVEL OF ANTARCTICA

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.

She has another title due in July: "Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica." ABC Books (first book of the Amazing Animals Series).
(18 January 2013)

SHACKLETON BIO

Michael Smith, who has written on Crean, Wordie, Oates and Crozier, is turning his attention to Shackleton. No further details at the moment.
(20 November 2012)

UPDATE: Publication date: 2 October 2014. Title: Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer.
Former journalist Michael Smith is an established authority on Polar exploration. An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean Antarctic Survivor was short-listed for the Banff Mountain Book Festival 2002. The illustrated version was shortlisted for the Irish Published Book of the Year 2007. From the Irish Times: 'The epic struggles, heroics and unbelievable hardships of the voyages are wonderfully told. Compulsive reading.'
Michael's current work, appropriately, is a biography of 'one of history's great explorers, an extraordinary character who pioneered the path to the South Pole 100 years ago and became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery': Sir Ernest Shackleton. A charismatic personality, Shackleton's incredible adventures on four expeditions have captivated generations and inspired a dynamic, modern following in business leadership. And of course none more so than the Endurance mission, where Shackleton's commanding presence saved the lives of his crew when their ship was crushed by ice and they were turned out on to the savage frozen landscape. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions, overwhelming debts and failed business ventures, contrasted with his celebrity status as a leading explorer. Drawing on extensive research of original diaries and personal correspondence, Michael Smith's definitive biography brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of this complex man and the heroic age of Polar exploration.
ISBN: 9781780745725.
Source: James Caird Society Newsletter, 2014.

An extraordinary character and one of history's great explorers, Ernest Shackleton pioneered the path to the South Pole over 100 years ago, becoming the dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. A restless adventurer from an Irish background, he joined the Empire's last great endeavor of exploration—conquering the South Pole with Robert Falcon Scott on the Discovery expedition. A clash with Scott led to Shackleton being ordered home and started a bitter feud between the two. Shackleton's riposte was the Nimrod expedition, where he uncovered the route to the Pole and honed his acclaimed leadership skills, which later kept despair at bay and encouraged men to overcome unimaginable hardship on the Endurance Expedition of 1914. But Shackleton was a flawed character whose chaotic private life, marked by romantic affairs, unfulfilled ambitions, and failed business ventures, contrasted with his celebrity status as the leading explorer. Drawing on extensive research of original diaries, letters, and many other publications, Michael Smith brings a fresh perspective to the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration that was dominated by Shackleton's complex, compelling, and enduringly fascinating story."
Source: Amazon.com (25 July 2014)


OAMARU and the ANTARCTIC PLUS TWO IN THE PIPELINE

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)

"I am awaiting word from my publisher on the mountaineering book due out next year (has reference to climbing in Antarctica); and in the meantime, have got into research for a book on NZ's Antarctic science and also completing my draft for a paper in 'Polar Record'.
(30 November 2011)

ANTARCTICA 1922-1941.

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)

SCIENCE FICTON HERO L.E.G. OATES.

Brenda W. Clough has written a science fiction novel revolving around Captain Oates. It is set in the year 2045, and also deals with time travel, contacting extraterrestrial intelligence, and faster-than-light spaceships.
While the novel awaits publication, the first section of it will appear in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, in the April 2001 issue (Vol CXXI, No 4). The magazine's website is http://www.analogsf.com/0104/issue_0104.html.
About the Author: Brenda W. Clough has been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. She is the author of seven novels and many short stories and articles. A full bibliography is up on her web page, at www.sff.net/people/Brenda. Her most recent novel, DOORS OF DEATH AND LIFE, came out in May 2000.
(4 December 2000)

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."
—R. Stephenson
(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!
—R. Stephenson
(10 March 2002)

UPDATE: Have a look at Brenda's very useful bibliography at http://www.sff.net/people/Brenda/rtwbib.htm
—R. Stephenson
(6 March 2003)



From a recent e-mail from Rik van Glintenkamp: "Echoes in the Ice has now reached 75 collages. A portion of them will be published in the fall . . . Publication will be sometime in September. It will be a coffee table size book." [Rik has done many interesting collages highlighting Antarctic explorers. They've been displayed at various venues in recent years. See www.antarctic-circle.org/eventspast1.htm#25 for a description of his show at Ohio State back in October 2000.]
—R. Stephenson
(15 June 2003)

UPDATE: I recently received a copy from Rik; a very nice production. Am now waiting to learn of its general availability.
—R. Stephenson
(28 January 2004)



David Brannigan in Australia is reported to be writing a biography of T.W. Edgeworth David, Professor of Geology at the University of Sydney and member of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition of 1907-09 on which he led the three-man party that first reached the South Magnetic Pole and led the first ascent of Mt. Erebus.
(February 2002)


Ann Savours reports that she has done a biographical piece on Sir Clements Markham which will be published by 'History Today'.

UPDATE: The article appeared in the March 2001 issue (Vol 51 [3]; 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.
—R. Stephenson
(29 November 2005)



A new biography of Richard Byrd is underway for Simon & Schuster.
UPDATE: No longer on S&S's upcoming list so on-hold indefinitely
(29 November 2005).



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