'Just tell them I survived'

Just tell them I survived, a book that celebrates women’s participation in national and private expeditions to Antarctica, was launched at the Australian Antarctic Division on 4 May. Author Robin Burns (pictured) based this comprehensive account of women in Antarctic expeditions on 130 interviews with women from many different backgrounds, from the first women scientists to visit Macquarie Island in 1959, right through to contemporary ‘winterers'. Robin is Senior Lecturer in Education at La Trobe University and her research has previously been in areas of women’s issues and the sociology of knowledge and learning. In 1995 she received a ASAC grant for Antarctic fieldwork, and has been concentrating on this area since then.

(Allen & Unwin, rrp $24.95, ISBN 1865083828)