Michael Smith talk/reading is built around the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his biography, Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer.
Tickets are £9.99 for entry & a paperback copy of Shackleton or £6.00 for entry. (+booking fee)
Sir Ernest Shackleton, who lived at Sydenham and went to Dulwich College, was among history’s great explorers and became a legend on four epic voyages of discovery to the Antarctic a century ago. Polar historian Michael Smith recalls the compelling story of a complex man who touched greatness on the ice but struggled to come to terms with home life. Shackleton marched to within 100 miles of the South Pole in 1909 and the led the dramatic battle to survive against the odds when his ship, Endurance, was crushed by the ice exactly 100 years ago in 1915. Shackleton was a charismatic and inspirational figure who lived life “like a mighty rushing wind” but was happiest in the icy wilderness where he could leave behind his messy private life.
Michael Smith is an authority on Polar exploration who has written nine books, appeared in TV and radio documentaries and lectured at many prestigious venues, including The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Geographical Society, National Museum of Ireland and Scott Polar Research Institute Cambridge. His latest book, Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer, is the first major biography of Shackleton for 30 years. Michael is a former award-winning journalist with The Guardian, The Observer and The Standard.
Reviews of Shackleton – By Endurance We Conquer
As a buccaneering Edwardian adventurer, as hapless in his private life as he was dynamic in his public exploits, he is rescued by Smith’s genial study as a flawed, enduring inspiration – The Times
A rich volume, written in passionate, engaging style that makes it a compelling read, full of nuanced conclusions about many of Shackleton’s formative life moments, and meticulously researched – The Irish Times
Smith, in illuminating this unforgettable figure, brings his own considerable scholarship in the field to this story – Wall Street Journal
The Observer – Listed among the best biographies of 2014
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