Trial of Strength

Adventures and misadventures on the wild and remote subantarctic islands

Trial of Strength
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Format: Hardback, 264 Pages
ISBN: 9781775593560
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Description

The world's subantarctic islands circle the lower part of the globe below New Zealand, Australia, Africa and South America in the 'Roaring Forties' and 'Furious Fifties' latitudes. They are filled with unique plants and wildlife, constantly buffeted by lashing rain and furious gales, and surrounded by a vast, powerful ocean. New Zealand and Australian subantarctic islands in particular have a rich and fascinating human history, from the early 19th-century explorers and sealers through to modern-day conservation and adventure tourism. And yet, the subantarctic islands are often called our 'forgotten islands' because so few people know of their existence, despite their status since 1998 as World Heritage sites. Trial of Strength is a history book filled with compelling photos for a modern audience, and one that, for the first time, includes women's stories as more than just a footnote. Balanced and engaging, it features classic tales of infamous shipwrecks, lesser-known stories of intrepid pioneers, as well as more recent stories of adventure tourism, conservation wins, and dramatic helicopter rescues. Written by the descendant of two 19th-century British colonial settlers who attempted to create a home for their young family in this bleak environment, Trial of Strength will leave you with an appreciation for the tenacity of the human race and the forbidding forces of nature.

The author

Shona Riddell has been a writer and journalist for over 15 years. Her articles have been published in the New Zealand Herald, the Listener, and the Sunday Star-Times, among others, and she has worked as a writer/editor for TVNZ, ACP (now Bauer) Media, and Trade Me. Shona is the author of Trial of Strength: Adventures and Misadventures on the Wild and Remote Subantarctic Islands, published by Exisle Publishing in 2018, and The Tale of the Anzac Tortoise. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband and two daughters.

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 264 Pages
ISBN: 9781775593560
Illustrations: 75 color photos
Size: 7.25 in x 10.25 in / 184.15 mm x 260.35 mm
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