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In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic [Hardcover]

Henry Worsley
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3 Feb 2011

On the 29th of October 1908, a party of four men, led by Ernest Shackleton, set out to be the first to reach the South Pole. Three months later, their mission was in ruins and they faced certain death if they carried on. Just 97 miles from the South Pole, Shackleton turned back.

One hundred years on, in October 2008, a team that included descendants of that original party, led by Henry Worsley, set out from Shackleton's hut to celebrate the centenary of his expedition by retracing the exact 870 mile route and going on to finish the last 97 miles. This captivating book explores the history of the original expedition and reasons behind its failure, while capturing the meticulous planning, fundraising and training for the new expedition. There is also the team's first days on the ice, Christmas on the polar plateau, the brutal reality of crossing the Beardmore Glacier and the final miles to the South Pole. In Shackleton's Footsteps is a unique story of adventure, pioneering spirit, settling old family business and man's triumph over nature.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264933
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An honest, gripping and intensely personal account of one man's quest to tackle the coldest, toughest, most desolate journey on earth. Henry is a man moulded in Shackleton's image and courage and spirit oozes from these pages."--Bear Grylls

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Shackleton's descendants take on the expedition that defeated him in the most extreme Antarctic challenge known to man

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5.0 out of 5 stars Earnest Ernest 27 Mar 2011
By Jen82
Format:Hardcover
In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic is difficult to put down due to Henry Worsley's eye for detail and captivating writing style. His description of the unique ups and downs that the team experience heightens any existing respect and admiration for Shackelton's selfless leadership. Shackleton's diary, which is included throughout, allows us to access the past and gain a greater understanding of the awesome task these gentleman faced, 100 years ago and even in the modern day.

Worsley puts together some valuable reflective points that can be applied to everyday life, projects and anyone working with a team. I have given copies to some of my team at work as although faced with challenging times ahead, even if we don't reach our ultimate goal, we will do well to reflect on the wonderful experience we have had working as a team.

As Shackleton said:

- "There are good things in the world, but I am not sure that comradeship is not the best of them all."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shackleton Revisited 10 April 2011
By Jenny59
Format:Hardcover
In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return to the Heart of the Antarctic

For some, the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's bid for the South Pole is a very familiar one. A story that stands the test of time, but through Henry Worsley's account of his team's challenge to follow in the great man's footsteps 100 years on, he has managed to provide a new perspective. The weaving of the two stories together allows those new to Shackleton to understand this great man, whilst those returning to the story will find themselves looking at the story through fresh eyes.

Henry Worsley's writing is honest, open and full of emotion, which allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the story. There are wonderful moments in the book, full of atmosphere, that you can feel just how much Shackleton means to the team and especially Henry Worsley.

As a life-long admirer of Shackleton and with a library of books on the great man, I think this is a truly wonderful book and am extremely pleased that I am able to add it to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Following your dreams 26 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Congratulations to Worsley on his inspirational account of conquering the South Pole - "In Shackleton's Footsteps". This is a fascinating tale giving great and very personal detail of what life is like as a Polar Explorer, both a historical and contemporary one, and is a must read for any schoolboy or young person starting out who wants to learn about the leadership skills of Britain's legendary Polar Explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Worsley succeeds in captivating the reader because of his thorough and almost quirky knowledge of his schoolboy hero and by vividly recreating 100 years to the day the endless challenges that befell Shackleton and the route that he took before he was forced to turn back just 97 miles from the cherished prize. The hardships of Shackletons party - lack of food, extreme cold, physical exhaustion - are all brought to life in this account which oozes respect for the detailed history of Shackleton's journey but which faced similar challenges to the great man himself.

Worsleys's account is written in a very personal, modest and honest style. Packed with excitement and full of minutae on Shackleton's character, this inspirational book thoroughly deserves to be recognised both in historical terms and in it's own right as a gripping Polar adventure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The path untrodden? 5 July 2011
By G. M. Sinstadt VINE VOICE
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Make no mistake, antarctic exploration is only for the brave and the tough - but it does seem to be somewhat easier than it once was.

This book recounts how Henry Worsley and two others set out to retrace the journey made in 1908-09 by Ernest Shackleton's party. Shackleton had the extraordinary courage to abandon his quest a mere ninety-seven miles from the South Pole. At that time no man had travelled further south, but when Shackleton made the decision to turn round to save lives it must have felt in some way a failure.

Worsley's trio - all three descended from men involved in Shackleton's expedition - follow the route undertaken a century earlier but with the added determination to reach the Pole. This they achieve after severe tests of morale and fitness, most notably on the Beardmore glacier. It marks the culmination of a five-year project of planning, training and fund-raising. Admirable in every way - and yet ...

Much has changed in a hundred years. Clothing and equipment, for a start. Daily radio contact with base - reassuring in case of serious trouble (which mercifully didn't arise). No need, either, to retrace steps as Shackleton did - a plane will collect the intrepid party from the Pole. Where their arrival, incidentally, is a stop-start process to accommodate the waiting cameraman who needed to stage-manage his filming. And that brings us to that icy wasteland called Antarctica.

Waiting to set off from Punta Arenas in Chile are more than just Worsley and co. "There were Finns, Spaniards, Brazilians, Brits, Russians, Czechs, Canadians and Americans" all intent on braving the vastness on separate projects. Not quite Oxford Circus at five p.m. but a surprising picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think you are tough read this?
This is an amazing book which keeps your interest on edge though out. It combines very aptly the past with the present from an historical aspect. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Had a presentation from the author who I know very well. Great book and a remarkable feat of endurance and courage
Published 18 months ago by Mr N J Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
What an excellent book! Henry Worsley writes with passion and flair about a topic that is clearly very emotive and personal to him. Read more
Published 19 months ago by 411315
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic True Story.
I bought the book having already attended a presentation by the author on his epic travels.

To have heard and then read about the history around Shackleton's Antartic... Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by lindum49
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern heroics
As a Shackleton devotee and one who has heard Henry and Will speak on the subject, I bought the book with excitement and anticipation. I was not disappointed, it's brilliant. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Ms. J. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars From Dream to Reality
We all dream and aspire, some of greatness, some of munificence and some, in this case, of emulating their childhood hero or mentor. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by The Priors
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Henry Worsley's account of the Shackleton Centenary Expedition is a delight from start to finish; well written, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by Vinyl obsessive
5.0 out of 5 stars Embracing Shackletons Leadership Style
Many of the other reviews capture the essence of this book in perfect detail so I wont dwell on them. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Rookman
5.0 out of 5 stars Making a dream a reality
Will Gow had the idea of mounting a centenary expedition comprised of descendents of Shackleton's original team to celebrate the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole in 1908/09. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by Madocus
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition To Shackleton's Legacy
For most people, knowledge of Sir Ernest Shackleton's adventures go no further than his 1914-16 Endurance expedition - in which the explorer successfully overcame adversity and... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by T Saunders
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