The Life of Frank Bickerton, Antarctic Pioneer
By (author) Stephen Haddelsey
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Born Adventurer by Stephen Haddelsey
Book Description"Born Adventurer" tells the story of Frank Bickerton (1889-1954), the British engineer on Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14. The expedition gave birth to what Sir Ranulph Fiennes has called 'one of the greatest accounts of polar survival in history' and surveyed for the first time the 2,000-mile stretch of coast around Cape Denison, which later became Adelie Land. The AAE was however only one episode in a rich and colourful career. Bickerton accompanied the ill-fated Aeneas Mackintosh on a treasure hunt to R.L. Stevenson's Treasure Island, was involved with the early stages of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, and tested 'wingless aeroplanes' in Norway. "Born Adventurer" follows him through his many experiences, from his flying career in the First World War to his time in California, mixing with the aristocracy of the Hollywood and sporting worlds, and from his safaris in Africa to his distinguished career as an editor and screenplay writer at Shepperton Studios. Stephen Haddelsey draws on unique access to family papers and Bickerton's journals and letters to give us a rich and full account of the story of this incredible adventurer and colourful man.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750940122
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Haddelsey
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In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on what he called 'The last great polar journey' - the crossing of Antarctica. His expedition ended in disaster. Forty years later the author and Edmund Hillary, the hero of Everest, set out to succeed where Shackleton had failed. This title tells the epic story of this last great expedition.
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Author Biography - Stephen Haddelsey
Stephen Haddesley, a distant cousin of Bickerton's is a writer and freelance editor. His books include the acclaimed 'Charles Lever', 'The Last Victorian'. He lives in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
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