Ken McGoogan

Ken McGoogan is one of Canada’s leading interpreters of Arctic exploration history and an award-winning and best-selling Canadian author. He has published numerous fiction and non-fiction books, including several Arctic histories. In many of his works he has highlighted the often-forgotten contributions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. His best-selling books include Dead Reckoning, Fatal Passage, 50 Canadians Who Changed the World and Lady Franklin’s Revenge. McGoogan has appeared in several documentaries on Arctic exploration and is a fellow of the Explorers’ Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. McGoogan was born in Montreal and now lives in Guelph, Ontario. Learn more at

Searching for Franklin: New Answers to the Great Arctic Mystery
By Ken McGoogan
Published by Douglas & McIntyre

In Searching for Franklin, McGoogan’s sixth book about Arctic exploration, two narratives are interwoven. The first treats the Arctic Overland expedition of 1819-22, during which John Franklin rejected the advice of Indigenous leaders and lost more than half his men. The second identifies a new root cause for the catastrophe that engulfed Franklin’s 1845 expedition. 

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