Across the Arctic Ocean
Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey
In 1968, Wally Herbert and three companions set out from Alaska to walk across the North Pole to Spitzbergen. Illustrated with unpublished photographs, his own account of the trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean is supplemented by personal reflections from his daughter Kari, Ranulph Fiennes, Victor Boyarsky and other polar explorers. The result is a record of an epic journey that, as our ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
The Tiger and the Ruby
A Journey to the Other Side of British India
In 1841, Nigel Holleck left Britain to work as a clerk in the East India Company. After eight years in the post, he disappeared without trace in Nepal. A century and a half later, Kief Hillsbery set out to find the final resting place of his ancestor. The result is this remarkable tale of a clash of civilizations, a quest to discover one’s own identity, and a moving story of one man against an empire.
By Endurance We Conquer
Ernest Shackleton was one of the greatest of polar explorers, calm and courageous in the face of adversity, who led his men to safety against all odds after their ship Endurance was crushed by ice. Yet his personal life was as chaotic as his public exploits were level-headed and assured. Drawing on extensive original research, this balanced and yet sympathetic biography explores the formative experiences that shaped a flawed hero.
The Captain and "the Cannibal"
An Epic Story of Exploration, Kidnapping, and the Broadway Stage
In 1830, Captain Benjamin Morrell of Connecticut kidnapped a young nobleman, Dako, from an island off the coast of New Guinea, to exhibit him in Broadway shows. Based on newly discovered archives, this book tells their story for the first time. Alternating between the perspectives of captor and captive, it records the growing friendship between the two men, explores Morrell’s ambiguous character, and charts the return journey that brought Dako back to his homeland.
The Cape Horners' Club
Tales of Triumph and Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape
Cape Horn is the only choke point in the Southern Ocean, where winds, waves and currents, unfettered for thousands of miles, are forced through a narrow channel between the Antarctic and the southernmost tip of the Americas. Adrian Flanagan charts the history of the Cape through the exploits of the select band of yachting legends who have taken on its fearsome challenge, including Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnson, Bernard Moitessier, Chay Blythe and Jessica Watson.
Tent Life in Siberia
The Incredible Account of Adventure, Travel, and Survival
In 1865, George Kennan (1845–1924) led a group whose two-year mission was to survey Siberia with a view to laying a telegraph cable through Alaska, across the Bering Strait and on to Europe via Russia. Kennan’s account of his travels in Siberia, his encounters with indigenous peoples and the challenge of surviving the intense cold is a classic of American travel literature. With a new introduction by Larry McMurtry.
Scott's Last Expedition
Robert Falcon Scott may not have reached the South Pole first but his Terra Nova expedition has nevertheless become one of the most celebrated in the history of British exploration. This highly visual introduction to the events of 1910–11 uses artefacts and equipment from the expedition, diary extracts and original photographs to show what life was like in Antarctica for Captain Scott and his crew.
The Modern Explorers
Any idea that our planet has been completely tamed is dispelled by the 39 thrilling expeditions in this book. Discover what it is like to be dragged, hanging from a balloon, through a rainforest, to inch up a sheer rock-face, or to trek through a desert as the water runs out. Illustrated with more than 250 breathtaking colour photographs, these gripping first-hand accounts demonstrate that the spirit of adventure is very much alive in the 21st century.
The Crossing of Antarctica
Original Photographs from the Epic Journey that Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream
The first successful crossing of the Antarctic continent was completed in 1957–58 by a British and Commonwealth expedition led by Vivian Fuchs and Edmund Hillary. Like Shackleton's journey four decades earlier, the mission produced spectacular photographs, this time by George Lowe, recording the men and their 'sno-cat' vehicles in the icy landscape. Led by these images, some in colour, this book tells the story of the expedition, with contributions and reflections on Antarctica by leading polar experts including Ranulph Fiennes.
On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, in an expedition organized by the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club. But there were several earlier British attempts to conquer the peak in the 1920s and 1930s. This stunning large format book, published to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their achievement, presents hundreds of photos taken by the members of all these expeditions and concise but informative text. Off-mint.
The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914–17
In 1914 Ernest Shackleton sailed for Antarctica, intending to make the first crossing of the frozen continent from coast to coast. But before the party reached land his ship Endurance became trapped in pack ice and sank. His first-hand account – reissued here with new maps and a foreword by Ranulph Fiennes – tells the dramatic story of how he led his men to safety.