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The Faber Book of Exploration [Paperback]

Benedict Allen
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7 Oct 2004

What does it feel like to walk off the edge of a map? To emerge dazed, dying yet triumphant, from the Amazon? Benedict Allen's anthology of human exploration ranges across various terrains - hot and cold deserts, mountains and plains, jungles and high seas - and presents the words of those who, through the centuries - be they Vikings or missionaries, conquistadors or botanists - have set off into 'the unknown'.

'Immaculately edited and shrewdly considered . . . a hugely readable compendium.' Independent on Sunday

'A monumental feat of compilation and editing, and will satisfy every armchair traveller.' Literary Review

'A generous, handsome volume, that will provide hours upon hours of absorption and revelation.' The Times

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (7 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571206123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571206124
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A monumental feat of compilation and editing.' Literary Review; 'Immaculately edited... hugely readable.' Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Benedict Allen is one of the UK's most prominent explorers. For the past twenty-five years he has conducted solo expeditions through the Amazon jungle, along Namibia's Skeleton Coast and across Mongolia's Gobi Desert without the use of GPS, satellite phone or other means of outside support, as we as having written ten books of his adventures and editing The Faber Book of Exploration.He was the first explorer to bring the full experience of remote travel to television - taking the genre to its limits by not using a camera crew and so bringing an immediacy to his experiences. Allen regularly gives lectures at the Royal Geographic Society.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 23 Nov 2002
Compulsive reading from cover to cover. A chance to see a forgotten world through the eyes of some of histories greatest explorers. Benedict Allen has chosen carefully to provide the reader with a varied mix of first hand accounts of travel and discovery. Some of the most interesting readings come from those nameless assistants to the great explorers - the deck hands and the sailors for example. Their writing gives you a real feel for the fear, excitement and hardship experienced by raw recruits, often press ganged into an unwanted journey into the unknown. The book takes you to a time when the world was a much bigger place, where navigation was as much faith as judgement, and where everyday brought new discoveries.
A welcome change from 'quirky' travel books. Allens own experiences show that opportunity still exists for the determined adventurer.
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By Jimbo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this fascinating, what an amazing book.
Content 5 stars, text size 1 star - the print size is hard work, the text has had to be crammed into the paperback version.
As this is one I want to keep on my bookshelf, I've decided to swap it for the larger hardback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic anthology of travel writing 19 May 2013
This a fantastic collection of hugely varied writing about travel. From the famous names of the great age of exploration, through to lesser known, but equally interesting tales of daring and challenge. It covers over 1500 years of travellers tales, which alone makes this a very unusual book. I recommend this to anyone interested in travel or travel writing, as I do not think there is another book quite like it. The standard of the writing is variable, but all is interesting.
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