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Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

And he vividly recounts the experiences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarctica's Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, as rescue missions desperately tried to reach them.

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ISBN 9781847948137
Barcode 9781847948137
Published 1 October 2018 by Cornerstone
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Palin, Michael
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ISBN-13 9781847948137
ISBN-10 1847948138
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Random House Books
Publication Date 1 October 2018
International Publication Date 20 September 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Palin, Michael
Category World History: C 1750 To C 1900
Geographical Discovery & Exploration
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 555g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress TRAVEL / Special Interest / Adventure, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, HISTORY / Polar Regions, Modern history to 20th century c 1700 to c 1900, Travel writing
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 623.8203
Catalogue Code 939201

Description of this Book

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross's Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. He explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the organisational genius James Clark Ross, who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline and oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted there; and the troubled Sir John Franklin, who, at the age of 60 and after a chequered career, commanded the ship on its final journey. And he describes what life on board was like for the dozens of men who stepped ashore in Antarctica's Victoria Land, and for the officers and crew who froze and starved to death in the Arctic wastes, driven to cannibalism and poisoned by the food they had hoped would sustain them. To help tell the story, he has travelled to various locations across the world - Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic - to search for local information, and to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her crew. Illustrated with maps, paintings and engravings, this is a wonderfully evocative and epic account, written by a master explorer and storyteller.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Beyond terrific. I didn't want it to end. -- Bill Bryson With this irresistible and often harrowing account, Michael Palin makes a convincing case that one heroic little ship embodied the golden ago of polar exploration better than any other: HMS Erebus. -- John Geiger, co-author of Frozen in Time At this late date, and against all odds, Michael Palin has found an original way to enter and explore the Royal Navy narrative of polar exploration. Palin is a superb stylist, low-key and conversational, who skillfully incorporates personal experience. He turns up obscure facts, reanimates essential moments, and never shies away from taking controversial positions. This beautifully produced volume - colour plates, outstanding maps - is a landmark achievement. -- Ken McGoogan, author of Fatal Passage

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Author's Bio

Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway's Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. He lives in London.

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