Engaging and absorbing, a tale about exploring the cold told with much warmth.’ – Mick Herron
‘Tender, heartfelt and lyrical.’ – Petina Gappah
‘Beautiful, thrilling, heroic and kind.’ – Claire Robertson
When Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was discovered below the Antarctic ice in March 2022, 106 years after it sank, the world thrilled anew with one of the greatest survival stories of all time.
Acclaimed South African writer Darrel Bristow-Bovey has a deeply personal relationship with the story of Endurance and in this lyrical journey into past and present, into humanity and the natural world, above and below the Antarctic ice, he revisits the famous story wondering why it seems to mean more today than ever before. Drawing on literature, natural history, personal memoir and the thrilling epics of polar adventure, this is a celebration of the human spirit. If this story tells us anything, it’s that in the face of self-inflicted natural disaster, we can still pull off a miracle or two.
From the bottom of the Weddell sea, Endurance still whispers that not all is lost, and not forever.
DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY is a prize-winning screenwriter, travel writer, and a newspaper and magazine columnist. He’s the author of five books which have been translated into seven languages, including Spanish, Estonian and Portuguese. He was born in South Africa, studied under JM Coetzee and Andre Brink, and currently divides his time between Cape Town, the UK and a hillside on the Greek Peloponnese. His fascination with the Endurance expedition began as a small boy, when his father first told him that he had been south with Shackleton. He still believes him.