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Stories from outposts of the Southern Ocean, the windiest, roughest, most isolated and most important ocean on the planet. Venture to the deep south and you will experience a world like no other – forbidding subantarctic islands, astounding sea creatures, death-defying plants, the constant company of birds and, if you travel far enough, the towering ice cliffs and dead valleys of Antarctica. Few people visit this remote and mysterious region but for some the lure is irresistible. As an expedition guide, Matt Vance has accompanied intrepid tourists and birders, artists and writers. In Ocean Notorious he gives a moving first-person account of the lonely places where lives have been changed and history made - from the obsessive explorers of the heroic era to solo sailors in tiny yachts, marooned wartime coastwatchers and ruthless plunderers of wildlife to today’s dreamers, drifters and passionate preservationists.
About the Author
Matt Vance is a writer, artist and filmmaker specializing in the South Pacific, Southern Ocean and Antarctica. His stories and photographs have appeared in NZ Listener, Sunday Star-Times, and Wilderness. He is the author of How to Sail a Boat.
"If you find the prospect of leaving your comfort zone daunting, fear not. Ocean Notorious allows readers to vicariously experience the Southern Ocean in all its moods without leaving the comfort of their armchairs." —Chris Moore, The Listener
"Vance writes beautifully. Anyone who has been to the places he describes will agree that he evokes them well." —David Barnes, FMC Bulletin
"I totally enjoyed this book – full of observation and history, and woven with wry humour like all great travel writing." —Mike Single, natural history film-maker
"Beautifully written and immensely satisfying." —Rebecca Priestley, author and winner, Royal Society Science Book of the Year Prize