No Return: Captain Scott's Race to the Pole

Author Gouldthorpe,Peter

Item Code 8090418

Product Type Book

Format Hardback

ISBN 9780734412201


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A stunning retelling of Captain Scott s quest to become the first man to reach the South Pole.

In the age of discovery, Antarctica remained an unknown quantity amongst the world s scientists and explorers. Robert Falcon Scott was amongst the pioneers who penetrated the ice and cruel weather. This is the story of his journey from England, the year-long preparations, which included enduring the harsh winter and euphoric explorations in the spring — culminating in the ill-fated final march to his goal, only to be beaten by the Norwegians and to suffer terrible loss — and death.

 This book is a celebration of a continent and ambition that will linger long in readers minds.

Genre: Non Fiction / Reference Subject: People & Places, Natural history Reading Level: Lower Primary, Upper Primary, Middle Primary School Year: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 Ages: 6 to 10 Page Count: 32
Peter Gouldthorpe

Where were you born?

Mentone VIC

Where do you live now?


Where did you go to school?

Avalon Public School and Pittwater High School Sydney

Did you have a nickname?

What were you like in school?

Mostly a good boy who liked school but I imagine the teachers would have preferred me to talk less.

What was your favourite book growing up?
National Geographic magazines and Monty Python Papperbok.

Who is your favourite children’s author?

Rumer Godden,  Russel Hoban, Janet and Allen Arlberg, Bob Graham and then some.

What is your favourite movie?


Who inspired you to illustrate?
Always love Edward Ardizzone but you wouldn’t know it from my work!

How did you get started?
I started when I became the at home parent while my daughter slept and at night.

How old were you?


Why did you want to be an illustrator?
It was a natural progression from painting, which I still do and being home alone with my daughter made me realise how important books are.

How do you think up ideas?
I seem to solve problems and have my best ideas either whilst I am going to sleep or doing some routine chore when my brain is in neutral. I think we underrate intuitive thought enormously.

Do you have a special place where you illustrate?

I have always worked at home and for the last ten years I have a proper studio.

What is the best thing about being an illustrator?
It’s not the pay! I think it’s probably towards the end of making a picture that I like the best and being able to work with my dog Otto hanging around.

Have you had any funny or embarrassing moment as an illustrator?
I went to Canberra for my first ever Book Week and was 'made' to burst out of a cake. I didn’t get it and I don’t think the kids did either.

What do you do when you are not illustrating?
Paint and garden mostly but if I could I would snow ski every day of the year. I just love snow and mountains.

What would you have chosen to be if you were not an illustrator?
An architect or a landscape designer.

Which famous person from the past would you like to talk to?
Sidney Parkinson, the artist on Cook’s voyages. It must have been mind blowing the things that they encountered.

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