A GRUE OF ICE

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This novel will take the reader into an adventure through and over the waves of Antartic waters, in search of a mysterious island.

Characteristics

Book cover finish Offset varnish, Perfect paperback
Condition Very Good
Number of pages 221
Published date 1973
Languages English
Size 11 x 18 x 2 cm
Author Geoffrey Jenkins
Editor Fontana Books

Description

AUTHOR'S NOTE

 

Thompson Island exists. Its position, however, in the stormlashed Antarctic waters some 1,600 miles south of Africa's southernmost tip, is one of the great mysteries of the sea.

 

The island was discovered by Captain George Norris, master of the British sealer Sprightly, on December 13th, 1825. Sixty - eight years later an American captain, Joseph J. Fuller, sighted it again. Since its discovery by Norris, many famous sailors and well - equipped expeditions have searched for it, but apart from Captain Fuller's chance sighting, none has ever located it.

 

( ... ) Since I wrote this book, the whole world has heard of Tristan da Cunha - that " loneliest island in the world " which lies 1,750 miles south - east of Cape Town - and the disastrous volcanic eruption that partially destroyed it last year, causing its entire population to be evacuated to England. The action of this story takes place before Tristan rose out of 150 years of obscurity.

À PROPOS DE CET AUTEUR
Geoffrey Jenkins

Geoffrey Ernest Jenkins ( June 16th, 1920 - November 7th, 2001 ) was either born in Port Elizabeth ( present day Eastern Cape, South Africa ) or Pretoria ( present day Gauteng, South Africa ). At the age of 17, he wrote and had published A Century of History, which received a special eulogy from Lieutenant General Jan C. Smuts ( 1870 - 1950 ) at the Potchefstroom centenary celebrations. The General also wrote the book's introduction. 


Geoffrey Jenkins subsequently won the Lord Kemsley Commonwealth Journalistic Scholarship, which took him to Fleet Street ( London, England ), where he spent the Second Word War as a war correspondent. While working for the Sunday Times, he became friends with author Ian Fleming ( 1908 - 1964 ), creator of the British secret agent James Bond. 


After the war, Geoffrey Jenkins settled in Rhodesia, where he met his wife, author Eve Palmer ( 1916 - 1998 ). He was briefly editor of the newspaper The Umtali Advertiser, then became a reporter at The Star newspaper in Johannesburg ( present day Gauteng, South Africa ). While working for The Star, he wrote his first novel, A Twist of Sand ( 1959 ), which was subsequently translated into 23 languages and became a motion picture in 1968. 


After Ian Fleming's death, Glidrose Productions commissioned Geoffrey Jenkins to write a James Bond novel in 1966. After a long period of negotiation, during which Ann Fleming ( Ian's widow ) raised several objections to the idea of a continuation novel, Geoffrey Jenkins finished the manuscript for Glidrose entitled Per Fine Ounce, but it was rejected. 


Geoffrey Jenkins did colour photography for his wife's non - fiction work Trees of Southern Africa ( 1972 ). He published his final novel, A Daystar of Fear, in 1993. 


( source : Wikipedia )

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