Press Release: Shackleton's Boat Journey

Shackleton’s Boat Journey
F. A. Worsley

Introduced by Ranulph Fiennes

‘A breathtaking story of courage, skill and determination under the most appalling conditions’
SIR EDMUND HILLARY Shackleton’s Boat Journey

The Folio Society celebrates the centenary of one of the most remarkable events in the history of polar exploration with a new edition of Frank Worsley’s account of Shackleton’s Boat Journey, introduced by Ranulph Fiennes.

Worsley was captain of the Endurance, the boat which was to take Ernest Shackleton and his crew on ‘a transcontinental journey from sea to sea, crossing the Pole’ beginning in August 1914. The mission, however, was doomed when the Endurance became trapped in ice just one month after leaving South Georgia. The ship drifted for around 1,000 miles and finally sank. Camping on ice floes, the explorers eventually reached open seas in three lifeboats, on which they drifted for 500 miles before reaching the remote and barren Elephant Island. Shackleton made a bold decision – along with Worsley and four others, he undertook a perilous rescue mission, which ultimately led to all 28 men on the expedition surviving what was, in all, a 17-month ordeal.

Shackleton’s Boat Journey

Departure of the James Caird, 24 April 1916 (Royal Geographical Society with IBG)

Simon Pemberton’s binding illustration, spot-varnished for a watery effect, evokes the raging seas that threatened to engulf the tiny boat. The display typeface was inspired by correspondence of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Illustrations include photographs by Frank Hurley of the men on Elephant Island and the ice-bound Endurance, alongside Worsley’s map of South Georgia.

Product information
Bound in textured paper, printed with an illustration by Simon Pemberton. Set in Bodoni with Sackers Gothic display. 168 pages. Title-page double spread, 13 pages of black & white plates, three part-title illustrations and two integrated maps. 9″ x 6¼”.

UK £24.95 US $44.95 Can $49.95 Aus $52.95
Publication date 11 February 2015



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