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Drawing on previously unpublished letters of journals of crew members, their descendants and, astonishingly, interviews with survivors, Jennifer Niven's book is a riveting account of one of the most ambitious - and disastrous - Arctic expeditions ever mounted. It is a story about unlikely heroes and unexpected villains - humans reduced to their primal needs by the infinite power and mystery of nature...
'For more than 30 years I have been reading polar survival stories, but none so gripping and meticulously based on the written accounts of the survivors as The Ice Master' Ranulph Fiennes, Daily Mail
'A powerful narrative' The Independent
'Riveting and meticulously researched' Sunday Telegraph
'Niven's remarkable epic is something special...an astonishing read.' Publishing News
'With so much repetitive polar stuff on the market, it is a relief to come across something fresh.' Literary Review
Drawing on previously unpublished letters and journals of crew members, their descendants and interviews with survivors, Jennifer Niven's book is an account of one of the most ambitious and disasterous Artic expeditions ever mounted.
The Karluk set out in 1913 in search of an undiscovered continent, with the largest scientific staff ever sent into the Arctic. Soon after, winter had begun, they were blown off course by polar storms, the ship became imprisoned in ice, and the expedition was abandoned by its leader. Hundreds of miles from civilization, the castaways had no choice but to find solid ground as they struggled against starvation, snow blindness, disease, exposure — and each other. After almost twelve months battling the elements, twelve survivors were rescued, thanks to the heroic efforts of their captain, Bartlett, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot across the ice and through Siberia to find help.
Drawing on the diaries of those who were rescued and those who perished, Jennifer Niven re-creates with astonishing accuracy the illfated journey and the crew's desperate attempts to find a way home.
An account of one of the most ambitious - and disastrous - Arctic expeditions ever mounted - based on the previously unpublished journals and letters of crew members, and interviews with survivors. "With so much repetitive polar stuff on the market, it is a relief to come across something fresh" "Literary Review".
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