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Sir Edmund Hilary called it the greatest survival story of all time. In 1916, just months into Ernest Shackleton's third expedition to the South Pole, his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and sank. With winter setting in and supplies running out, Shackleton faced a terrible quandary: should he and his crew stay on a tiny inhospitable stretch of Antarctic island and die waiting? Or should they make an almost certainly doomed journey, and sail in a lifeboat across 900 miles of the world's wildest ocean then trek over unmapped glaciers to reach help. Showing astonishing courage, Shackleton and a small band of men set off in an open boat. Even more astonishingly, they survived.
Almost a century later, explorer and environmental scientist Tim Jarvis set out with a crew of five to replicate Shackleton's journey, using the same equipment, eating the same unpalatable food and facing the same hostile ocean conditions. Shackleton's Epic is the story of that trip -- the wretched lows and the occasional highs and the mental and physical toughness required to survive in one of the last wildernesses on earth. Moving between the past and the present, this is a must-read book for all Shackleton fans and lovers of epic adventure.
'Jarvis's tribute to Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition had had a danger and heroism ... worthy of the original.' -- GUARDIAN (UK)
'... bone-chilling and breathtakingly frightening ... a well-written, compelling read.' -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
'a ripping yarn' -- BRISBANE NEWS
'serves to show just how brave, skilled, resourceful and optimistic the original [explorers] had been ... Verdict: victory over adversity' -- HERALD SUN