Angie Butler was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to London in her early twenties to study art. She lives in Warwickshire with her husband the sculptor James Butler RA, father of their five daughters. Her two passions writing and adventure found the perfect home in the adventure travel company she co-founded. Ice Tracks Expeditions -
is named after her first book, Ice Tracks, Today’s Heroic Age of Polar Adventure. Her highly acclaimed second book, The Quest for Frank Wild, was the subject of a BBC documentary. She is currently working on a book set in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Beau Riffenburgh is a historian of exploration. After earning his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, he served for 15 years as the Editor of Polar Record and the head of the Polar History Group at the Scott Polar Research Institute. He has written, edited, or contributed to some 75 non-fiction books, including more than 35 about polar exploration. These include the critically acclaimed The Myth of the Explorer; Nimrod, the authoritative account of Ernest Shackleton’s attempt on the South Pole; and Aurora, the major study of Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition. He was also editor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of the Antarctic. In conjunction with writer Susanna Gregory, he has published 13 novels, including The Nimrod Murders, a mystery based around Shackleton’s first Antarctic expedition, and the Killing Ship, a modern Antarctic eco-thriller.