They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice....
Ian Ferguson alone held the key to the disaster that had overtaken a geological survey team more than 2,000 miles away....
Michael Randall flees to the wild seas around the Shetlands to escape an impossible dilemma....
A sailor fights to clear his name after his ship sinks in the last days of World War II....
The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday....
The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense - an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II....
A 22,000-ton whaling ship steams into a broken plain of white, glimmering ice during the howling fury of an Antarctic gale. What madness drives the ship forwards, deeper and deeper into the ice until its jagged edges hold her fast? Marooned amidst the pitiless, frozen wastes, the crew of the Southern Cross make a desperate attempt to survive against the odds.
Hammond Innes was born in Sussex, in 1913. He wrote 30 international best sellers, all of which are now being reissued. It was in the early '50s, with books like The Lonely Skier, Campbell's Kingdom, The White South and The Wreck of the Mary Deare, all of them filmed, that he achieved international fame. His final novel was Delta Connection.
If you could sum up The White South in three words, what would they be?
Compelling -- suspenseful -- entertaining
Would you be willing to try another book from Hammond Innes? Why or why not?
Although a good storyline, because of the subject matter (stranded in the Antarctic) it was self-limiting. However, that said, the author was able to make you feel isolated and lost in a cold barren wasteland along with his characters.
Which character – as performed by Hugh Kermode – was your favorite?
All of them were compelling.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No particular point.....there were several where you felt the desperation and isolation.<br/>
Any additional comments?
The business relationships and the motives of some of these characters was a little confusing at times.....However, once the race for survival started, the storyline took off.<br/>
Yes it reads and feels a bit dated but it is a fun read well performed. Good clean prose with an entertaining plot. Makes for a welcome change from reading authors with too many stylistic flourishes. Like having a good burger after eating too many snooty foodie dinners.
This story started off very well, was full of interest and had considerable pace until the characters left the ships and became marooned on the ice. From this point on I'm afraid it went donwhill and became a bit of a 'chore'.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Husband really looked forward to listening to this and wasn't disappointed. Full of daring do and a mans got to do what a mans got to do. Will be downloading the rest of Mr Innes books. Great narration too :)
Descriptive without too much violence and an easy read at bed time.