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    DescriptionOn the same coast, somewhere, were his other men...What had they found? Where were they? His own party was lodged in the chilled breath of this vast polar wilderness where he wrote: 'The winds have a force so tterrific as to eclipse anything previously known in the world. We have found the kingdom of blizzards. We have come to an accursed land.' Sir Douglas Mawson's epic and tragic journey across 600 miles of unknown Antarctic wasteland has been described by Sir Edmund Hillary as 'the greatest story of lone survival in Antarctic exploration'. This Accursed Land tells the story of how Mawson declined to join Scott's ill-fated British expedition in order to lead the Australasian party and his three man team which set out to explore the far eastern coastline of the Antarctic continent. The loss of one of his men and most of his supplies turned a hazardous trek into a nightmare. Mawson and his colleague, Mertz, were trapped 320 miles from base with only nine days' food and nothing for the dogs. They lived on the journey back by slaughtering their starving animals and eating what is now known to have been poisoned meat. Mawson's ultimate and lone struggle for survival after Mertz's descent into madness - starving, poisoned, exhausted, and indescribably cold - is one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of exploration. When he arrived back his weight had reduced from fifteen stone to eight stone.


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    Title
    This Accursed Land
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lennard Bickel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841581415
    ISBN 10: 1841581410
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    BIC subject category V2: WTL, BTP
    DC21: 919.804
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MTS
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, BIO000000
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Birlinn General
    Imprint name
    BIRLINN LTD
    Publication date
    16 November 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Lennard Bickel is a leading Australian writer and commentator on scientific affairs. He is a former science correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission and has written numerous articles as well as three books.