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One of the great books of exploration - the fascinating and lavishly account of Shackleton's last expedition of the Antarctic.

Shackleton's South is one of the great books of exploration. written by a national hero, about what he called 'the last great journey on earth'; his Antarctic expedition in which then Rndurance was crushed by the ice, and he and his men made a 600-mile trek across ice and ocean to solid land, and then a 700-mile journey in an open boat to South Georgia, followed by an epic crossing of the uncharted mountains of that island. His account is superbly written, and the book has never ceased to enthral readers since it was first published in 1919. Since that time, however, Shackleton's life - and his account of the expedition - have been dramatically revalued by scholars and biographers, and it emerges that South conceals much of the truth about his great feat. In this edition Peter King, who has examined the latest research on the entire episode, presents in his additional notes a mch more detailed picture of what really occurred. In addition, the book contains over a hundred beautifully produced photographs by Frank Hurley, the official photgraphers of the expedition as well as other contemporary illustrations.


A tale of human courage, or endurance, of hope undiminished, of skill and inventiveness, and above all, of leadership.

Lord Hunt

For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

Sir Edmund Hillary

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  • Trade Paperback


    December 3, 1999


    208 pages

    RRP $45.00

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    November 5, 2015

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