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The White South (U) Hardcover – Large Print, August 1, 1971

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"Mr Innes tells his tale with a graphic power... An adventure story indeed, but worth ten of most modern novels" Scotsman "The White South will be hard to beat. I can still hear the roar of the ice as the great bergs close in upon those stranded men of the whaling fleet" -- Daphne du Maurier Observer "Mr. Innes was a marvellous storyteller" Observer "Mr Innes' work stands in a class by itself" Financial Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, on 15 July 1913 and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent. He left school aged eighteen, and worked successively in publishing, teaching and journalism. In 1936, in need of money in order to marry, he wrote a supernatural thriller, The Doppleganger, which was published in 1937 as part of a two-year, four book deal. In 1939 Innes moved to a different publisher, and began to write compulsively, continuing to publish throughout his service in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Innes travelled widely to research his novels and always wrote from personal experience - his 1940s novels The Blue Ice and The White South were informed by time spent working on a whaling ship in the Antarctic, while The Lonely Skier came out of a post-war skiing course in the Dolomites. He was a keen and accomplished sailor, which passion inspired his 1956 bestseller The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The equally successful 1959 film adaptation of this novel enabled Innes to buy a large yacht, the Mary Deare, in which he sailed around the world for the next fifteen years, accompanied by his wife and fellow author Dorothy Lang. Innes wrote over thirty novels, as well as several works of non-fiction and travel journalism. His thrilling stories of spies, counterfeiters, black markets and shipwreck earned him both literary acclaim and an international following, and in 1978 he was awarded a CBE. Hammond Innes died at his home in Suffolk on 10th June 1998. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft (August 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0854560637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854560639
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,498,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was my first Hammond Innes book and will definitely not be my last. First, the British title is misleading to American readers, which no doubt is why it was changed to The Survivors in the US edition. It is NOT about segregation in the Jim Crow southern United States. Anyhow, it is a very well-told tale of survival (barely) of the shipwrecked crews of several whaling vessels on brutally inhospitable surroundings of Antarctica, told with such vividness and immediacy that it is not surprising to learn that the author took a whaling trip to the region to experience conditions first hand. Not only is the "man (and woman) against nature" aspect well handled, but the intrigue and clash of personalities is very well developed and rings true to life. Not to be read on a frigid windy winter's eve unless you are snugly indoors.
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All of Hammond Innes' books have the same wonderful "Feels like you're reading a black & white movie from 1950" experience. Typically, its man at his best against nature and a harsh environment with a clock ticking against him on every page. Honestly if you're looking for some deeply stirring literature, go elsewhere, but if you're looking for some thoroughly enjoyable reading, look no further.
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Avery good read and I did enjoy it with all the twists turns inrticasies and intrigue along with with cunning and deception. My criticism if it could be called that is that for the most part the writing seemed dated, I remember reading Hammon Innes twenty years ago and found his work totally spellbinding. I suppose his work is the same now as when it was written, however in the day of a new era in adventure and writing I find that Innes no longer holds the same attraction for myself.

This was a good story but at times seemed to take quite big leaps in the story where one was left to assume as to what had transpired to arrive at a particular juncture. The descriptions of the ice and the hardships of those on whaling vessels were very good and really saved the book as the story was quite obvious but drawn out. While I like the description of the ice, sea and bleakness it may not appeal to every one
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Tired of his dull civilian life, ex-Naval officer Duncan Craig impulsively hitches a ride to South Africa in search for a job. When the South Antarctic Whaling Company unexpectedly offers him command of a ship, Craig seizes the chance.

He is to rendezvous with the factory ship, Southern Cross in the Antarctic. But what should be a routine voyage becomes a nightmare of intrigue and suspicion as Craig is pitchforked into a bitter struggle for control of the company's future. As the arctic winter closes in, Craig and the survivors of Southern Cross, now helplessly trapped in polar ice, face a battle for existence against not only the elements, but against human treachery and greed.

Excellent entertainment best to be read on a cold winter day. The reader, Mr Stephen Thorne, delivers a commendable performance and the range of the various accents in English he masters is quite extraordinary.
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The book get's better as it moves along, although it does not have the power and drama of a genuine first hand account. It's a great story, but I do wonder if the author was really up to the task. His description of his relationship with the 2 women is weak and sentimental--takes away from the focus on the stranding on the ice and rescue.
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