Jacquetta Megarry: Antarctica

Wed Mar 27 2024 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Blackwell's Bookshop | Edinburgh

Blackwell's Edinburgh South Bridge
Publisher/HostBlackwell's Edinburgh South Bridge
Jacquetta Megarry: Antarctica
Join Jacquetta Megarry as she presents her new book, Antarctica
About this Event

To people who haven't been there, Antarctica seems remote, extreme and perhaps even forbidding. Yet everybody who has visited comes back full of enthusiasm, with amazing memories and stunning photos.

Join on Wednesday 27th March at 7pm as she inspires interest in this amazing place while encouraging responsible, informed and sustainable tourism, with her new book, .

In Antarctica, Jacquetta teaches you how to read between the lines of an itinerary, which operator to book with and what size of ship will suit you best. She provides practical information about weather, clothing and photography, and gives links to useful websites and further reading. She covers various specialist options from sea kayaking to camping on the ice.

The wildlife section is lavishly illustrated with photos of creatures ranging from tiny krill through seabirds and penguins to seals, dolphins and whales with their amazing adaptations. Understanding their breeding cycles helps you to anticipate what you will see at different times of year. Specially commissioned mapping lets you understand the trade-offs between different itineraries.

Antarctica's ice cap stores 90% of the world's freshwater ice, and it is a crucial place for climate monitoring and other scientific research. The author explains the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, and the Madrid and Montreal Protocols, and their implications both for the continent and for visitors on cruise ships. She interprets the formation of icebergs and glaciers, how the climate varies over different parts of Antarctica and how Antarctic ice affects sea levels. The guide covers the history of Antarctica's discovery and exploration, not only the Scott/Amundsen famous race to the South Pole and Shackleton's extraordinary rescue, but also the less-known achievements of Douglas Mawson. The story is updated with the Jarvis recreations of Mawson's and Shackleton's famous journeys, and the discovery of the Endurance shipwreck, 107 years after the ship was crushed and sank.

Use this book to plan your adventure of a lifetime, but be warned: many who visit Antarctica end up trying to return.


Doors: 6.30pm, event starts: 7pm, please arrive early to secure a good seat.

Tickets are FREE and there is a Ticket & Book option which includes a signed copy of Antarctica by Jacquetta Megarry.

The bookshop has level access, events are seated and speakers use microphones. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell's events team on 0131 622 8222 or [email protected]


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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