SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
A new biography of one of the Antarctic's great originals has just been published. No More Beyond: The Life of Hubert Wilkins, by Simon Nasht, celebrates the life and achievements of the Australian explorer Hubert Wilkins.
No More Beyond is published at £25 (Hardback) by Edinburgh publishers Birlinn Books, celebrated as the publisher of Alexander McCall Smith's hugely successful No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books.
A pioneer of photo-journalism during World War I, described by one general as 'the bravest man I have ever seen', Wilkins is the only Australian war photographer to be twice decorated in battle. He achieved fame in the 1920s by becoming the first man to fly extensively over the Antarctic wilderness. No one in the great age of Polar exploration discovered and charted more previously unknown areas of sea and landmass.
Not content with going over the great white continent, Wilkins then went under it, becoming the first man to navigate a submarine under the Polar ice. In his day he was the darling of pioneering Newsreel, as well as decorated war hero, spy, adventurer, ornithologist and perhaps the last of a generation for whom the Antarctic was a great unknown mystery.
He travelled round the world in the Graf Zeppelin, survived crashes, disasters, firing-squads, sabotage and capture by Arab slavers, and happily lived long enough to be honoured by kings, presidents and dictators.
No More Beyond: The Life of Hubert Wilkins can be ordered directly directly from Birlinn Books by clicking on the blue link above. Also by Phone from BookSource on 0845 370 0067 (+ 44 845 370 0067 from outside the UK); and by Post by sending your order and delivery address/details enclosing a Sterling Cheque for £25 (made payable to Booksource) to: Birlinn Mail Order, BookSource, 50 Cambuslang Road, Glasgow G32 8NB. Post and packing is free in the UK (for overseas orders, please add 30%, or £7.50 per book).