Included here are notices of books not yet published and projects underway.
Last updated: 28 September 2014.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
Bullock, Mike. A biography of Sir Raymond Priestley
Clough, Brenda A. May be Some Time
Duyker, Edward. Dumont d'Urville
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
Mike writes to say that:
"The final draft of my biography of Sir Raymond Priestley is due to be delivered to my publishers (McFarland of North Carolina) by the end of September 2015."
(27 August 2014)
Due out next month, a new biography of Dumont d'Urville, to be published by Otago University Press:
"Explorer Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842) is sometimes called France's Captain Cook. Born less than a year after the beginning of the French Revolution, he lived through turbulent times. He was an erudite polymath: a maritime explorer fascinated by botany, entomology, ethnography and the diverse languages of the world. As a young ensign he was decorated for his pivotal part in France's acquisition of the famous Vénus de Milo.Otago University Press
D'Urville's voyages and writings meshed with an emergent French colonial impulse in the Pacific. In this magnificent biography Edward Duyker reveals that D'Urville had secret orders to search for the site for a potential French penal colony in Australia. He also effectively helped to precipitate pre-emptive British settlement on several parts of the Australian coast. D'Urville visited New Zealand in 1824, 1827 and 1840. This wide-ranging survey examines his scientific contribution, including the plants and animals he collected, and his conceptualisation of the peoples of the Pacific: it was he who first coined the terms Melanesia and Micronesia.
D'Urville helped to confirm the fate of the missing French explorer Lapérouse, took Charles X into exile after the Revolution of 1830, and crowned his navigational achievements with two pioneering Antarctic descents. Edward Duyker has used primary documents that have long been overlooked by other historians. He dispels many myths and errors about this daring explorer of the age of sail and offers his readers grand adventure and surprising drama and pathos. AUTHOR
Edward Duyker was born in Melbourne to a Dutch father and a Mauritian mother. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1981 before working as an intelligence officer with the Department of Defence. In 1984 he settled in Sydney as an independent historian, and also served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mauritius in New South Wales 1996-2002.
Edward Duyker has published 17 books, many dealing with early Australian, New Zealand and Pacific exploration and natural science. These include Citizen Labillardière (2003), a biography of the naturalist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière, which won the NSW Premier's General History Prize in 2004; and François Péron (2006), which won the Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize in 2007. In 2000 Duyker was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. He was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian government in 2003 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of French Studies at the University of Sydney. He is married with two sons and is now a grandfather."
—From the publisher's website
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)
"My book, Shackleton's Heroes, has been accepted by Robson Press in the UK, for publication about March-May next year."
(28 September 2014)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)