The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival

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Birlinn, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 438 pages
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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 its 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 in 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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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

Douglas Mawson's "The Home of the Blizzard" is a very comprehensive account of his two years exploring Antarctica. It is really a terrific description of the trials and hardships, including an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karen Dewey (Robertson - Goodreads

Went to a lecture at the Boise Public Library called "Worst Journeys: Fifty Plus Epic, Harrowing, Real Life Tales." There are a lot of books on the list they handed out, but I will only list here the ones that the speaker made special note of. This one is Douglas Mawson own tale of survival. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Sir Douglas Mawson, geologist and explorer, was born on May 5, 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.

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