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In Bed With Douglas Mawson

Travels Around Antarctica

by Craig Cormick

Page Extent:320 pages
Book Size:235 x 152 x 17 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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Read how Craig fulfills a long time dream to visit Antarctica, and how he travels in the footsteps of Douglas Mawson

Departing Hobart on a seven-week voyage on board the RSV Aurora Australis, Craig Cormick is fulfilling a long time dream to visit the frozen continent of Antarctica - an adventure to one of the few under-discovered regions of the world. As the ship navigates its way through the wild Southern Ocean and explores the icy coastline of the Antarctic continent, Craig muses about - and with - the great explorer and geologist Douglas Mawson. Mawson?s ill-fated but scientifically successful Australasian Antarctic Expedition sailed from Hobart in 1911, as Scott and Amundsen were embarking on their race to the South Pole. Visiting the three Australian bases, with Mawson?s ghost at his side, Craig Cormick describes the exhilaration of seeing his first iceberg, climbing a mountain on the Antarctic plateau, flying in a helicopter over the Vestfold Hills, photographing Ad?lie penguins, seeing the spectacular Aurora Australis in the sky, smelling elephant seals and discovering the mysteries of ?crap and wrap? field toilets. In Bed with Mawson is a humorous and thoughtful exploration of the enduring spirit of discovery, adventure and comradeship around Antarctica.

About the Author

Craig Cormick

Craig Cormick is an award-winning Canberra author and journalist. He works as the manager of a government communications unit, providing information programmes on biotechnology. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and in the media on public attitudes towards new technologies. Craig has previously worked as a science journalist and lived overseas in Finland and Iceland. Craig has had a strong interest in Antarctica since working as a journalist for the Department of Science in 1986, interviewing scientists and support staff who had been to Antarctica. He set it as a life goal to travel there and visit the Australian stations which he achieved in 2008, also making it his seventh continent visited. He has written many stories with Antarctic settings and having lived and travelled near the Arctic Circle, in Finland and Iceland, he is very interested in olar opposites.

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