The Lost Men

The Lost Men : The Harrowing Story of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party

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In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set forth to make history with the first-ever crossing of the Antarctic continent. On the eve of the First World War, Shackleton disappeared into the Weddell Sea aboard the Endurance, while a ship called the Aurora sailed into the Ross Sea on the opposite side of the continent under the command of Aneas Mackintosh. The Ross Sea party, twenty-eight strong, was there to create a lifeline of vital food and fuel depots to supply the epic crossing. 'This programme would involve some heavy sledging, but the ground to be covered was familiar and I had not anticipated that the work would present any great difficulties,' Shackleton wrote. Yet all went tragically wrong when the Aurora broke free of its moorings in an Antarctic gale and stranded ten men ashore, woefully ill-equipped to perform their task. Left with little more than the clothing on their backs and scavenged equipment, the men vowed to carry on in the face of impossible odds. Meanwhile, the rest of the Aurora crew, cast adrift at the mercy of the elements, battled for survival. With little hope of rescue, the lost men struggled to save themselves and carry out their mission. Kelly Tyler-Lewis brings Antarctic exploration alive in this richly researched chronicle of a previously overshadowed expedition marked by extraordinary bravery and fortitude.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 29mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 0747584141
  • 9780747584148
  • 1,769,847

About Kelly Tyler-Lewis

Historian Kelly Tyler-Lewis travelled for research to Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica, where she spent two months with the National Science Foundation's Artists and Writers Program. She was a visiting scholar of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge from 2002 to 2004. She is also an Emmy Award-winning documentary film writer and producer. She lives in Massachusetts.show more

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'The heart of the book lies in Tyler-Lewis's dissection of the men's relationships with one another. As friends are made, alliances formed and resentment festers, humanity is never lost, even amid inhumane conditions. Given the collection of military, civilian, scientific and blue-collar personnel that made up the expedition, it's compelling to see how each man deals with his fate. Add in the party's adventures of sledding in subzero temperatures with the sociological aspects of being stranded for nearly two years in such an inhospitable place, and the result is a gripping work' Publishers Weekly 'Tyler-Lewis, located the diaries and logs of 16 survivors. She also found public records and private papers and interviewed the families of the Ross Sea Party members. An exciting book' Booklistshow more

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