Included here are notices of books not yet published and projects underway.

Last updated: 1 April 2014.

Accessed at least many times since 30 July 2007.

Baughman, T.H. Focusing on Antarctica between 1922 and 1941
Blackadder, Jesse. Chasing the Light; a Novel of Antarctica
Brannigan, David. Biography of T.W. Edgeworth David
Bulkeley, Rip. Bellingshausen and the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819-21
Clough, Brenda A. May be Some Time
Fitzsimons, Peter. An heroic age book
Haddelsey, Stephen. On Operation Tabarin
Harrowfield, David. Oamaru and Antarctica plus two in the pipeline
McOrist, Wilson. Shackleton's Heroes
Rossiter, Heather. Mawson's Forgotten Men, The 1911-1913 Antarctic Diary of Charles Turnbull Harrisson
Savours, Ann. Sir Clements Markham book and article
Skelton, Judy. A booklet on sledge trials in France
Smith, Michael. A book on Shackleton
Taaffe, Seamus. On Stackhouse
van Glintenkamp, Rik. A coffee table book on his Antarctic collages


Wilson McOrist
Wilson e-mails to say "My book is finished. My literary agent said she liked it. And she tells me a publisher also likes it. Publication date has not been set yet though, and may be in mid—2015.
The book is now titled "Shackleton's Heroes". You may remember that the focus on my book is to have the Mount Hope Party story told, through the diaries of the six members of that party. Both Sir Ralph Fiennes and Dr. David Harrowfield are very pleased with my final manuscript. Sir Ranulph Fiennes has provided the Foreword and he states, in part:

I believe the diaries of the Mount Hope Party are an Antarctic literary treasure. I congratulate Wilson McOrist for not only bringing them out of obscurity but for weaving them together so they tell the fascinating but true and definitive story of the Mount Hope Party.
David Harrowfield has written a postscript which includes these comments:
Wilson's book is also of significance as for the first time the sledging accomplishment of the men who ensured the final depot was laid for Shackleton beside Mt. Hope and is told through their written accounts. One can feel very close to each of them. The words of these young men convey hardship and suffering, along with times of sadness and perhaps contentment, in a way that this aspect of the expedition is now brought to life.
(7 February 2014)

Judy Skelton
Judy reports in a Christmas letter that "I'm also working with the Director of the Alpine and Arctic Garden at the Col du Lautaret, in the French alps, on a booklet about the trials carried out there on prototype motorised sledges by Scott, with Skelton and Barne, and Dr Charcot, France's famous polar explorer. We hope it will be published next year."
(28 December 2013)


Rip Bulkeley
"Dear colleagues,
I have just delivered my book about the Bellingshausen expedition to the publishers, Palgrave, but the SCAR workshop at Cambridge comes too soon for them to produce a publicity flyer. At their suggestion I have created this informal leaflet instead. The estimated publication date is December 2013, estimated price £55.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book in due course, visit the Palgrave website towards the end of the year.
For some information about the book, please see below.
Rip Bulkeley (
(24 November 2013)

UPDATE: Rip Bulkeley e-mails to say: "just a quick note to let you know that my book, Bellingshausen and the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819-21, will be published by Palgrave on March 8th."

"This book examines the little studied story of Bellinghausen, and includes the fullest biography of the celebrated Russian explorer ever published. With translations of original eye-witness documents from Bellinghausen's voyage—the first scientific expedition to the Antarctic of the nineteenth century, conducted 47 years after James Cook's pioneering venture in the 1770s—Bulkeley transports the reader onto HIMS Vostok, one of the most celebrated ships in the history of the Russian Navy. While her seamen marvel at the aurora and her astronomer is nearly blown overboard in a storm, her intrepid commander tacks his ship between the ice floes in zero visibility, with only the menacing sound of the breakers to guide him. The largely unknown history of the Bellinghausen expedition is explored, with thoughtful discussion of the achievements and limitations of the expedition and suggestions for further research."

Release date: March 8, 2014. ISBN-10: 0230363261. ISBN-13: 978-0230363267
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan. 288pp. List price: $95

'An extensive compilation of annotated correspondence and reports ... which sheds new light on the first Russian expedition to Antarctica. … Bulkeley adds his profound background knowledge, which allows the reader to dip into everyday life, scientific knowledge and the political circumstances in Russia 200 years ago.'
–Cornelia Ludecke, Convenor, SCAR History Experts Group

'An invaluable sourcebook and an exceptional contribution that substantially readjusts the historical record. … We are given a brief informative overview—hitherto unparalleled in scope and depth—of the man's life and times. … It is a pleasure to follow the author in this exciting piece of intellectual detective work.'
–Aant Elzinga, Professor emeritus, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

'An amazing achievement.'
–Ian R. Stone, Editor, Polar Record
About the Author
Rip Bulkeley is based in Oxford, UK. He has written studies of the arms race, the space race, and international scientific cooperation. He belongs to British Pugwash, the Hakluyt Society, and the History Expert Group of ICSU's Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, has published several articles in Polar Record, and contributed to a recent History of the International Polar Years.
(12 February 2014)


Seamus Taaffe e-mails to say that he is "conducting research into J. Foster Stackhouse's 1914 British Antarctic Expedition with a view to publishing my research in 2015 to mark the centenary of Stackhouse's death on the Lusitania. Not sure where or how it will be published but I will let you know in due course."

Stackhouse planned to lead an expedition to explore King Edward VII Land and Graham Land. He went down on the Lusitania while returning from raising funds in the U.S. The expedition, therefore, never happened.
(3 April 2013)


Stephen Haddelsey e-mails to report that his new book on Operation Tabarin "is now in the final edit stage. It will be published early in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the expedition's arrival in Antarctica. The publisher will be The History Press, and advance copies can already be ordered via Amazon."
(17 March 2013)

UPDATE: Stephen e-mails to say ""Operation Tabarin: Britain's Secret Wartime Mission to Antarctica, 1944-46" is finished!
(13 April 2013)

UPDATE: Due. April 2014. The History Press, hardback, 224pp plus 16pp mono 30 b/w illustrations, £18.99. ISBN: 978-0-7524-9356-5.
"In 1943, with the German 6th Army annihilated at Stalingrad and the Afrika Korps in full retreat after defeat at El Alamein, Churchill's War Cabinet met to discuss the opening of a new front. Its battles would be fought not on the beaches of Normandy or in the jungles of Burma but amidst the blizzards and glaciers of the Antarctic. Originally conceived as a means by which to safeguard the Falkland Islands from invasion and to deny harbours in the sub-Antarctic territories to surface raiders and U-boats, the expedition also sought to re-assert British sovereignty in the face of incursions by Argentina. As well as setting in train a sequence of events that would culminate in the Falklands War, the British bases established in 1944 would go on to play a vital part in the Cold War and lay the foundations for one of the most important programmes of scientific research in the polar regions: the British Antarctic Survey."
(29 July 2013)

UPDATE: Below are some of the advance notices of the book:
"Haddelsey brings the little known story of Operation Tabarin to life with his usual blend of narrative drive and thorough attention to detail. Based on extensive research, this volume is a valuable addition to our understanding of Britain's involvement in the Antarctic during this critical period."

"A truly remarkable story. All polar expeditions must face the dangers of crevasses, blizzards, isolation and intense cold; Operation Tabarin is surely unique in that it also risked confronting an armed and highly motivated enemy intent on frustrating its every move."

"A timely and very welcome account of an expedition that is vital to our understanding of British Antarctic exploration and the legacy of historic sites such as Port Lockroy."

"This is a history that had to be told, of the brave men who spent the winters of 1944-46 at the very ends of the earth. This secret wartime expedition to Antarctica, codenamed Operation Tabarin, provides the link between the Heroic Age of polar exploration and today's modern scientific era."

"A perspicuous and absorbing history of events from Operation Tabarin to the British Antarctic Survey."

"Operation Tabarin is a crucial period of the UK's long and varied history of Antarctic exploration and discovery. The brave men who sailed into largely unknown Antarctic waters during World War II, commenced the UK's continuous presence in Antarctica. This secret mission laid the foundations of the UK's ongoing world-leading scientific endeavours and underpinned the long-term peace and protection of the Antarctic continent provided by the Antarctic Treaty System."

"Having been one of the crew of HMS William Scoresby during Operation Tabarin I have had great pleasure reading this book and remembering the exploits at the bases at Port Lockroy, Hope Bay and Deception Island. Mr Haddelsey deserves praise for bringing it all back so vividly."

"A well written book about a little known but important expedition—very nostalgic."
(1 April 2014)

UPDATE: Stephen e-mails to say "Operation Tabarin: Britain's Secret Wartime Mission to Antarctica, 1944-46" has now been published. Hardcover: 256 pages. Publisher: The History Press (1 April 2014). ISBN-10: 0752493566. ISBN-13: 978-0752493565. Price: £18.99
(15 April 2014)


Jesse Blackadder's novel is about to be published by HarperCollins Australia (Fourth Estate). Trade paperback; also e-book. On sale 1 February 2013. 432pp. AUD$29.99.
"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. This was the era when Antarctica was closed to women, in spite of hundreds applying to expeditions (including those of Scott, Mawson and Shackleton).
Determined to learn more about the first women to reach Antarctica, Jesse Blackadder travelled to Norway where she made the exciting discovery that the first woman to reach the Antarctica Peninsula was not an explorer but Ingrid Christensen, a 38-year-old mother who left her six children behind and travelled there on a whaling boat four times in the 1930s with her husband, taking a female friend or two on each trip.
With this intriguing fact as inspiration, Jesse tells the story of a sea voyage from Cape Town by the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen and three women: Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way onto 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."
—From her website

She has another title due in July: "Stay: The Last Dog in Antarctica." ABC Books (first book of the Amazing Animals Series).
(18 January 2013)


Michael Smith, who has written on Crean, Wordie, Oates and Crozier, is turning his attention to Shackleton. No further details at the moment.
(20 November 2012)


David Harrowfield e-mails from New Zealand that "Oamaru with 13,000 residents, is on our east coast. From here the news of the death of Captain R.F. Scott RN and his party, was sent off via Christchurch to London in February 1913.
At present we are planning major events in Oamaru to mark this significant occasion in polar history and expect people from beyond New Zealand to attend. I have a new book on Oamaru and Antarctica almost completed and an limited/numbered edition will be released at the time." [NOTE: Since published.]
(5 March 2012)

"I am awaiting word from my publisher on the mountaineering book due out next year (has reference to climbing in Antarctica); and in the meantime, have got into research for a book on NZ's Antarctic science and also completing my draft for a paper in 'Polar Record'.
(30 November 2011)

ANTARCTICA 1922-1941.

T.H. Baughman e-mails to say:

"I wanted to call to your attention and have you post on the works-in-progress page, that I am at work on a book that will describe Antarctica, 1922-1941. I failed to register a previous project and after two years of research discovered that someone else had completed her manuscript, so I am hoping to avoid that problem this time around."
(13 August 2008)


Brenda W. Clough has written a science fiction novel revolving around Captain Oates. It is set in the year 2045, and also deals with time travel, contacting extraterrestrial intelligence, and faster-than-light spaceships.
While the novel awaits publication, the first section of it will appear in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, in the April 2001 issue (Vol CXXI, No 4). The magazine's website is
About the Author: Brenda W. Clough has been writing science fiction and fantasy for twenty years. She is the author of seven novels and many short stories and articles. A full bibliography is up on her web page, at Her most recent novel, DOORS OF DEATH AND LIFE, came out in May 2000.
(4 December 2000)

UPDATE: The April issue of 'Analog' is now out. Not the easiest thing to find; took two trips to Harvard Square! Pp 12-41 out of 144 pages. This is what Brenda had to say recently: "The magazine has printed the novella [MAY BE SOME TIME], which is about 20,000 words and comprises the front end of the full novel. The web page [] has only an excerpt of the novella, looks like the first couple thousand words. The magazine is a print publication and ought to be available now at newsstands, in big bookstores, etc. So on the web page you really are getting a very tiny sample indeed. The novel itself is far far longer (at this point I'd estimate 150,000 words) and will not be published until 2002 or 2003."
—R. Stephenson
(15 March 2001)

UPDATE: Brenda recently reported that she's done another novella about Titus which should be appearing in the July-August 2002 issue of ANALOG.
Also, her first one "...has made the final ballot for the Nebula Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Writers of America. As a result, the complete novella is up on the Analog web site —" Congratulations!
—R. Stephenson
(10 March 2002)

UPDATE: Have a look at Brenda's very useful bibliography at
—R. Stephenson
(6 March 2003)

From a recent e-mail from Rik van Glintenkamp: "Echoes in the Ice has now reached 75 collages. A portion of them will be published in the fall . . . Publication will be sometime in September. It will be a coffee table size book." [Rik has done many interesting collages highlighting Antarctic explorers. They've been displayed at various venues in recent years. See for a description of his show at Ohio State back in October 2000.]
—R. Stephenson
(15 June 2003)

UPDATE: I recently received a copy from Rik; a very nice production. Am now waiting to learn of its general availability.
—R. Stephenson
(28 January 2004)

David Brannigan in Australia is reported to be writing a biography of T.W. Edgeworth David, Professor of Geology at the University of Sydney and member of Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition of 1907-09 on which he led the three-man party that first reached the South Magnetic Pole and led the first ascent of Mt. Erebus.
(February 2002)

Ann Savours reports that she has done a biographical piece on Sir Clements Markham which will be published by 'History Today'.

UPDATE: The article appeared in the March 2001 issue (Vol 51 [3]; pp 44-51), entitled 'From Greenland's Icy Mountains.' Ann has been working on a book-length biography of Markham.

UPDATE: Ann spoke on Markham at the 4 November 2005 James Caird Society members' evening. Her book on Markham is complete but, oddly enough, no publisher is in the wings. Markham being the key figure in the launch of the 'Heroic Age' one would think this would be a very publishable biography, particularly given the credentials of the author.
—R. Stephenson
(29 November 2005)

A new biography of Richard Byrd is underway for Simon & Schuster.
UPDATE: No longer on S&S's upcoming list so on-hold indefinitely
(29 November 2005).