Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica, 1699-1839

Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica, 1699-1839


By (author) Alan Gurney

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 13 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393329046
  • ISBN 13: 9780393329049
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 413,358

Product description

This "hugely entertaining book" ("The Daily Telegraph") tells of the first expeditions to Antarctica - all in search of land, glory, science and profit. Life was harsh: crews had poor provisions and inadequate clothing, and scurvy was a constant threat. With unreliable charts, these intrepid explorers were the first to discover and exploit a new continent, which was not the verdant island they had imagined but an inhospitable, frozen expanse of rock, ringed by pack ice and icebergs.

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Author information

ALAN GURNEY's previous books include the highly acclaimed Compass (ISBN 978 0 393 32713 7) and Race to the White Continent (ISBN 978 0 393 32321 4).

Review quote

"An eminently readable book." The Times "This is a riveting read." The Economist "This is an old salt's book which can be read without irritation and with great pleasure by the armchair explorer." Frank McLynn, The Sunday Times "This is history as adventure and the writing matches it." New Scientist"