Shackleton - The Boss: The Remarkable Adventures of a Heroic Antarctic Explorer

Shackleton - The Boss: The Remarkable Adventures of a Heroic Antarctic Explorer


By (author) Michael Smith, Illustrated by Annie Brady


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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 204mm x 12mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1905172273
  • ISBN 13: 9781905172276
  • Illustrations note: black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 141,910

Product description

At sixteen, Irishman Ernest Shackleton left school, joined the navy and became a legendary explorer. His extraordinary adventures in the Antarctic have thrilled generations. Here, for the first time, a best-selling author on Polar exploration writes about Shackleton's gripping exploits especially for children. This inspiring story of Shackleton, whose men called him 'The Boss', involves four expeditions to the snow and ice of Antarctica over 20 years between 1901 and 1922. His adventures included a breathtaking march to within a few miles of the South Pole and the amazing saga of survival on the famous Endurance expedition.

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Author information

Michael Smith is author of the best-selling biography of Tom Crean, An Unsung Hero. His other books include I Am Just Going Outside, a biography of Captain Oates (2002) and Polar Crusader about Sir James Wordie (2004). He has also written books for children, including Tom Crean -The Ice Man. He contributes to TV and radio and lectures on Polar history. Michael was a business and political journalist with The Guardian and The Observer

Review quote

"'Inspiring story of courage and perseverance' Sunday Independent 'If you see this book you should get it' Evening Echo 'Gripping, very tense and exciting' Irish Examiner 'For true-life adventure not many can match The Boss' Sunday Tribune 'A must-have for all school libraries' Inis"

Table of contents

Introduction dreaming of adventure journey to the ice where no man stood before return to the ice the longest march march or die a famous man trapped! crushed marooned a boat ride to hell tears and fears the greatest journey ever a tough choice crossing south georgia saved! a last voyage to the ice Ernest Shackleton - A Timeline Useful Information Further Reading Index