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An Unsung Hero: Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor

Biography / Memoir

By: Michael Smith(Author)

381 pages, 24 plates with b/w photos; b/w maps

The Collins Press

Paperback | Feb 2009 | #242897 | ISBN-13: 9781905172863
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #125659 | ISBN: 0747253579
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The story of the remarkable Tom Crean who ran away to sea aged 15 and played a memorable role in Antarctic exploration. He spent more time in the unexplored Antarctic than Scott or Shackleton, and outlived both. Among the last to see Scott alive, Crean was in the search party that found the frozen body. An unforgettable story of triumph over unparalleled hardship and deprivation.

"A remarkable book about a remarkable man."
Sunday Tribune

"The epic struggles, heroics and the unbelievable hardships of the voyages are wonderfully told."
The Irish Times

"A must for anyone interested in polar exploration."
County Examiner


Acknowledgements 7
Preface 11

A farmer's lad 15
A chance meeting 23
Into the unknown 35
A home on the ice 45
Into the wilderness 55
South again 69
South in a hurricane 81
Hopes and plans 99
The last great land journey 107
A race for life 125
A tragedy foretold 149
Fatal choice 157
A grim search 165
A hero honoured 177
The ice beckons 185
Trapped 199
Cast adrift 211
Launch the boats! 225
A fragile hold on life 235
An epic journey 245
Crossing South Georgia 257
Beyond belief 275
Return to Elephant Island 281
Life and death 291
War, honour, marriage 297
Tom the Pole 305
Memories 317

Endnotes 321
Bibliography 331
Index 337

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Michael Smith, a former journalist, is an established authority on Polar exploration. His other books are I Am Just Going Outside, a biography of Captain Oates (2002), Polar Crusader about Sir James Wordie (2004), Tom Crean: An Illustrated Life (2006) and Captain Francis Crozier: Last Man Standing? (2006). Michael has also written two books for children, Tom Crean: Ice Man and Shackleton: The Boss. He contributes to TV and radio documentaries and lectures on Polar history.

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