Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival

Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival


By (author) Sir Douglas Mawson, Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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  • Publisher: BIRLINN LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 34mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1841580775
  • ISBN 13: 9781841580777
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 48pp b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 235,842

Product description

"The Home of the Blizzard" is a tale of discovery and adventure, of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues and heroic endurance. This is Mawson's own account of his years spent in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At it heart is his epic sledge journey of 1912-13, during which both his companions perished. Told in a laconic but gripping style, this is the classic account of the struggle for survival of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition - a journey which mapped more of Antarctica than any expedition before or since. The photographs included ion this book were taken on the expedition by Frank Hurley, later to achieve fame on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

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Author information

Sir Douglas Mawson, geologist and explorer, was born on 5 May 1882 at Shipley, Yorkshire, second son of Robert Ellis Mawson, before the family moved to Rooty Hill, near Sydney, in 1884. He went on to become one of Australia's greatest explorers, noted primarily for his extensive work in Antarctica. His exploration of the continent spanned the years between 1907 and 1931. He died in 1958.

Review quote

'one of the greatest accounts of polar survival in history' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes