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Lennard Bickel (1913–2002)

Autor(a) de This Accursed Land

11+ Works 618 Membros 8 Críticas 1 Favorited

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Obras por Lennard Bickel

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Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration (1999) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares

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Nome legal
Bickel, Leonard Herbert
Data de nascimento
1913-04-07
Data de falecimento
2002-02-16
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
Australia
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Milton, New South Wales, Australia
Locais de residência
Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia
Ocupações
writer
journalist
Prémios e menções honrosas
Commonwealth Literary Fellowship (1970)
Knight of the Order of Mark Twain (1974)
Agente
Pollinger Limited

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Lennard Bickel came to Australia circa 1951 - 1952 from England. He grew up from humble beginnings in East London and eventually settled in Kiama NSW where he began a career in journalism. Lennard was the Science editor for 'The Australian' newspaper for approximately nine years in the 1960's. He was officially invited by NASA to cover the 1st Lunar landing in 1969 by Apollo11, and his was the feature story on the front page of 'The Australian' in July of that year. His transition to author came as a result of being awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fellowship in 1970, and so began his first book, 'Rise Up To Life' the biography of Howard Florey and his development of the life saving drug Penicillin.

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The story was amazing, and further amplified by listening to it on my winter commutes. I felt, in some small sense, the Antarctic cold that pervades this true story of survival.
 
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claidheamdanns | 4 outras críticas | Sep 26, 2023 |
Not nearly as literary as [a:Apsley Cherry-Garrard|27180|Apsley Cherry-Garrard|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]'s [b:The Worst Journey in the World|48503|The Worst Journey in the World|Apsley Cherry-Garrard|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388224063s/48503.jpg|47447] but still page turning exciting and awe inspiring. Bickel doesn't mention many sources but we have to assume he had [a:Douglas Mawson|417276|Douglas Mawson|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1253105867p2/417276.jpg]'s own [b:The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914|9871069|The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914|Douglas Mawson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348226888s/9871069.jpg|1143762] to go by and presumably his diaries. Up to a certain point he has Xavier Mertz's diary as well but I'm still not sure how Bickel fills in all the blanks so definitively particularly after Mertz dies. There is a three chapter excerpt from [b:The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914|9871069|The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914|Douglas Mawson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348226888s/9871069.jpg|1143762] in my edition covering the same timeframe as Bickel.

Anyway, another smashing good read about a polar expedition where about everything that could go wrong did, up to a point. Somehow Australian Mawson alone, having lost or left behind most of his food and gear, suffering from starvation, snow blindness, vitamin A poisoning, and scurvy manages to literally crawl and roll downhill a good part of the way back to where he started and survive to boot.

Few know about Mawson due to the fact that his saga was overshadowed by the Scott-Amundsen race to the South Pole and the subsequent disaster that happened to the Scott party on the way back around the same time.
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Gumbywan | 4 outras críticas | Jun 24, 2022 |
Much has been written about famed explorer Ernest Shackleton’s 1915 aborted attempt to cross the Antarctic and the subsequent escape by his crew surviving on ice floes and open boat. This is not that story.

What has gone untold is the amazing story of his support team sent to set up food and fuel depots for his planned journey. These men ended up marooned for two years, spending nearly a year of that on the open ice fulfilling their task in almost indescribable conditions. They hauled food and supplies to be used by others while they themselves had little food of their own, makeshift clothes, and just four sled dogs.

They suffered from snow blindness, frost bite, scurvy, and madness. Losing three men along the way.

It is an amazing story of survival and the indomitable human spirit to just carry on.
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gothamajp | 1 outra crítica | Jul 22, 2021 |
Serves as a good add on to Endurance. I was able to tour the hut in McMurdo and was nice to put a story to it. Great story and well written.
 
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Cabiel | 1 outra crítica | Jul 31, 2020 |

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Obras
11
Also by
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Membros
618
Popularidade
#40,697
Avaliação
4.2
Críticas
8
ISBN
37
Marcado como favorito
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