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Sir Douglas Mawson's epic and tragic journey across 1000 kilometres of unknown Antarctic wasteland has been described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "the greatest story of lone survival in Polar exploration".
'This Accursed Land' tells that story - how Mawson declined to join Captain Scott's ill-fated British expedition in order to lead the Australasian expedition and the three-man team - Mawson, Ninnis and Mertz - who set out with husky teams to explore the far eastern coastline of the Antarctic continent.
The loss of the young officer Ninnis and most of the supplies turned a hazardous trek into a nightmare. Mawson and Mertz were tapped 500 kilometers from base with a bare nine days' food and nothing for the dogs. On the journey back they lived by slaughtering their starving animals and eating what is now known to be poisoned meat. Mawson's ultimate and lone struggle for survival - starving, poisoned, exhausted and indescribably cold - is a powerful story of human strength, grippingly told by Lennard Bickel.