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‘When people ask me… “What is your favourite travel book?” I nearly always name this book. It is about courage, misery, starvation, heroism, exploration, discovery and friendship’ Paul Theroux

The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. One of the youngest members of Scott's team, Apsley Cherry-Garrard was later part of the rescue party that found the frozen bodies of Scott and the three men who had accompanied him on the final push to the Pole. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men eventually faced, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment, supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other explorers. A masterpiece of travel writing, The Worst Journey in the World is the most celebrated and compelling of all the books on Antarctic exploration.


'The Worst Journey in the World is to travel what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece'

New York Review of Books

The best polar book there is


Probably the best adventure yarn ever published


Remains the masterpiece of heroic travel

The Times

The finest book ever written about Antarctic exploration as well as a great literary classic

Peter Matthiessen

Over the greater part of a lifetime I have worn out two copies of the Antarctic's classic, Apsley Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World

William Trevor

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    June 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    720 pages

    RRP $27.99

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    June 30, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    720 pages

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