Fields of Ice

Arabella Edge

Fields of Ice tells the dramatic story of Franklin’s third and final expedition to the North-West Passage through the eyes of the ship’s cook, Canot. The Erebus and the Terror set sail from Greenhithe on 19 May 1845. On board were Sir John Franklin, a crew of a hundred and twenty-nine men, and three years’ provisions. Franklin’s plan was to find the North-West Passage, a northern sea route to Asia that had eluded European explorers for hundreds of years. He was never heard from again.

When Franklin failed to report back, his wife started a major campaign to try to find her missing husband. Alongside Sir John Franklin’s journey, Fields of Ice tells the story of Jane, Lady Franklin, a strong, redoubtable woman, who spent years trying to raise money and support to send out expeditions to find her husband and his men.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033053624001
Published: 04/02/2011

Arabella Edge

Arabella Edge

Arabella Edge studied at Bristol University and left for Australia in 1992. Her first novel, The Company, won Best First Book in the 2001 Commonwealth Writer's Prize in the South Pacific region, and was shortlisted for Australia's Miles Franklin Award 2001. She has since written The Raft and Fields of Ice, which was published in 2011. She lives with her husband Nick Gaze on the east coast of Tasmania.

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