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Shackleton's Man Goes South

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Shackleton’s Man Goes South is the new novel by Tony White premiering exclusively at the Science Museum. This thought-provoking new work of fiction is the Science Museum’s 2013 Atmosphere commission, published as part of the Contemporary Arts Programme.

Download your free ebook, or visit the display in the Atmosphere Gallery.

There are zeppelins over South Kensington and boat people in the South Atlantic. Among them are Emily and daughter Jenny, travelling south to safety and a reunion with John, who has gone ahead to find work. They travel with Browning, a sailor who has already saved their lives more than once. In the slang of their post-melt world, Emily and Jenny are refugees known as ‘mangoes’, a corruption of the saying ‘man go south’.

A display in the Atmosphere gallery charts some of the scientific and literary inspiration behind the novel.

"With Shackleton's Man Goes South, Tony White has written a bold novel-cum-manifesto, a prophecy, satire, and warning, and a gripping polar allegory for the era of global warming and human trafficking. In the steps of Swift, Blake and Aldous Huxley, he brings a puzzlemaster's ingenuity, a political observer's despair, a voracious appetite for geo-political knowledge and a storyteller's sense to create a stark vision of a future that may be coming sooner than anyone can bear to think." Marina Warner 

About the author

Tony White was born in Farnham, Surrey in 1964. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Foxy-T (Faber and Faber), numerous short stories and the non-fiction work Another Fool in the Balkans (Cadogan). His recent novella Dicky Star and the Garden Rule (Forma) was specially commissioned to accompany works by artists Jane and Louise Wilson. He is also currently chair of London’s arts radio station, Resonance 104.4 FM.

Tony White blogs regularly at

Product information

  • E-book: EPUB and .mobi
  • Both DRM-free, compatible with most devices currently in use
  • Published by the Science Museum
  • Language – English ISBN: 978-1-900747-65-3 (EPUB) / ISBN: 978-1-900747-66-0 (.mobi)
  • Publication date – 24 April 2013
  • Price – £ Free

A paperback version will be available from the Science Museum shop while stocks last.


November 2015

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Principal Sponsors

Shell Siemens

Major Sponsor

Bank of America clearspace

Major Funder

Garfield Weston

With additional support from

Defra Science Museum Patrons Science Museum Founders Circle

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