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'It′s the early 1930s. Antarctic open-sea whaling is booming and a territorial race for the mysterious continent between Norwegian and British-Australian interests is in full swing.

Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica; Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who′s been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents-in-law; and Lars′s wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her.

Loyalties shift and melt and conflicts increase as they pass through the Southern Ocean and reach the whaling grounds. None of the women is prepared for the reality of meeting the whaling fleet and experiencing firsthand the brutality of the icy world.

As they head for the continent itself, the race is on for the first woman to land on Antarctica. None of them expect the outcome and none of them know how they will be changed by their arrival.

Based on the little-known true story of the first woman to ever set foot on Antarctica, Jesse Blackadder has captured the drama, danger and magnetic pull of exploring uncharted places in our world and our minds.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Includes foreword by Diana Patterson, first female station leader in Antarctica
  • Dedication: Dedicated to

    The women who journeyed to Antarctica in the 1930s

    on the Christensen fleet:

    Ingrid Christensen

    Mathilde Wegger

    Lillemor (Ingebjorg) Rachlew

    Ingebjorg Dedichen

    Caroline Mikkelsen

    Augusta Sofie ('Fie') Christensen

    Solvieg Wideroe

    My mother, Barbara Walsh (1941-1988)

    whose journey ended too soon

    And my partner, Andi, who came along on this

    journey from beginning to end

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Fourth Estate , 2013 .
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      Extent: 431p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 February 2013
      ISBN: 9780732296049 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Book Review – Chasing the Light by Jesse Blackadder Joanne Peulen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2013;

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
Proposals Judith Armstrong , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 350 2013;

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
A Whale of a Tale at the Edge of the World Thuy On , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 March 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
Jesse Blackadder : Chasing the Light Kylie Mason , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , February 2013;

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
Fiction : Pick of the Week Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 February 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
[Review] Chasing the Light Meg Whelan , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2012/13 vol. 92 no. 3 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 February 2013; (p. 32) The Age , 9 February 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Walter Ashley Sievwright , 2012 single work novel ; Finding Jasper Lynne Leonhardt , 2012 single work novel ; Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
Breaking the Ice for Womankind Nick Galvin , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 10 February 2013; (p. 14)

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
Fiction : Pick of the Week Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 February 2013; (p. 26)

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
Jesse Blackadder : Chasing the Light Kylie Mason , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , February 2013;

— Review of Chasing the Light : A Novel of Antarctica Jesse Blackadder , 2013 single work novel
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