Discover the story Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition and loss of the Endurance, told by the world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes - one of the only men to understand his experience first-hand . . .
'For anyone with a passion for polar exploration, this is a must read' NEW YORK TIMES
'THE definitive book on Shackleton and no one could have done it better . . . An authentic account by one of the few men who truly knows what it's like to challenge Antarctica' LORRAINE KELLY
To write about Hell, it helps if you have been there.
In 1915, Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to traverse the Antarctic was cut short when his ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice - and eventually sank (her resting place finally rediscovered in 2022).
What followed became legend.
Throughout the long, dark Antarctic winter, Shackleton fights for his life and the lives of his men - enduring freezing temperatures, a perilous lifeboat journey through the ice-strewn sea, and a punishing march across the South Georgia glaciers to seek the one slim chance they have of rescue.
Their survival would become history's most enthralling adventure.
No previous biographer has experienced even a tiny taste of the polar hell on earth endured by Shackleton and his men. That cannot be said of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who has been described as 'our greatest living explorer'.
'Fiennes brings the promised perspective of one who has been there, illuminating Shackleton's actions by comparing them with his own. It's a tremendous story' Wall Street Journal
'Fiennes makes a fine guide on voyage into Shackleton's world . . . What makes this book so engaging is the author's own storytelling skills' Irish Independent
Praise for Sir Ranulph Fiennes:
'The World's Greatest Living Explorer' Guinness Book of Records
'Full of awe-inspiring details of hardship, resolve and weather that defies belief, told by someone of unique authority. No one is more tailor-made to tell [this] story than Sir Ranulph Fiennes' Newsday
'Fiennes' own experiences certainly allow him to write vividly and with empathy of the hell that the men went through' Sunday Times
'Fiennes brings the promised perspective of one who has been there, illuminating Shackleton's actions by comparing them with his own. Beginners to the Heroic Age will enjoy this volume, as will serious polar adventurers seeking advice. For all readers, it's a tremendous story.' Sara Wheeler, The Wall Street Journal
About this Author
Ranulph Fiennes is the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth's circumpolar surface (more people have been on the Moon!). His record-breaking expeditions include travel by riverboat, hovercraft, man-haul sledge, skidoo, Land Rover and skis. He is also the bestselling author of titles such as Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, and the biography Captain Scott.
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