Deadly Winter: The Life of Sir John Franklin

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Naval Intitute Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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"A significant part of the book is also devoted to Franklin the sailor and the man. He was present at two of Nelson's most famous battles, Copenhagen and Trafalgar, and sailed with the great navigator Matthew Flinders on the first circumnavigation of Australia. The book covers his governorship of Tasmania, and gives an insight into the corruption and political chicanery which finally drove him out. Franklin was married to two exceptional women, and through surviving letters and diaries we catch a glimpse of his relationship with the precocious but frail Eleanor Anne Porden, who died tragically young while he was away on an expedition. He subsequently married the strong-willed Jane Griffin, who won great admiration in her attempts to pressure the Admiralty to step up their efforts to find her missing husband."--BOOK JACKET.

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The previous reviewer, Ted Bett's, description of this (my!) book is so inaccurate that I wonder if he's actually read it or just flipped through looking for the bits he feels he can attack because it ... Read full review

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This is not a book about "the life" of Sir John Franklin despite the title. This is a few hundred pages of a respondent's factum and statement of defence in some perceived case of Historical ... Read full review


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Beardsley is a writer of children's fiction who became fascinated by the Franklin story while researching a children's novel inspired partly by the 1845 Northwest Passage expedition.

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