537 Days of winter - In bookstores across Australia and New Zealand - NOW!
As station leader at the Davis Research Station in Antarctica, David Knoff was leading 24 expeditioners in a standard mission when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, international travel came to a standstill and their ride home was cancelled - indefinitely. What was supposed to be a routine mission became a high-pressure cauldron of uncertainty and anxiety where everyone was pushed to their mental limits. They'd have to draw on every ounce of resilience to ensure a safe return.
Facing unprecedented challenges, including a complex medical evacuation and a fire on board the ship meant to get them out, David would need all his experience as an infantry platoon commander and diplomat to keep the team safe and get them home, albeit to a world that was changed forever.
537 Days of Winter is a high-octane, sub-zero story unlike any other in modern Antarctic history.
On 25 October 2019, the 24 member wintering team of Davis station’s 73rd Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE) sailed south on one of the final voyages of the icebreaker RSV Aurora Aurora for a routine summer and winter in Antarctica. We were scheduled to return on Australia’s new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina, which was being built in Romania and due to arrive in Hobart by late 2020. What happened across the world that year as the COVID‐19 pandemic unfolded would dramatically change that plan...