Shackleton’s Journey


I bought this for Mr Bookwagon’s birthday a little while ago. He admires the leadership shown by Ernest Shackleton during his unbelievable journey to safety from his Antarctic ice-packed ship ‘Endurance’ in 1915.  I knew nothing of young non-fiction picture book maker William Grill at the time. Now, like many in the children’s book world, I await every brush stroke toward the publication of a new book. William Grill writes for a previously desert like market, for those readers, longing for real adventure stories, true experiences.

Painstakingly and fascinatingly, William Grill charts the story of Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated Endurance expedition to Antarctica. Catastrophe was afforded by pack ice and a world at war, yet the drama, teamwork, leadership, hardship denied the expected outcome.

Shackleton’s Journey‘ is an outstandingly meaningful and informative book, beautifully plotted, detailed and presented, a book to last.

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Shackleton’s Journey

William Grill

(Flying Eye) – hardback

William Grill takes the dramatic story of Ernest Shackleton’s polar near disaster and shows it through a strong, captivating, sequenced non-fiction picture book. ‘Shackleton’s Journey‘ is a magnificent book that deserves its acclaim and success.

Kate Greenaway Award winner 2015


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