`...this work paints a compelling portrait of a superpower sending its best men to die largely just to prove no challenge was beyond the English. ...scholarly, passionate text...' --The Sunday Times
`Brandt warms the heart and chills the blood with a rich historical narrative, lively with characters, of the heroic hardships and noble tragedies of Arctic exploration' --Saga Magazine
'Brandt, the author of two previous historical books and a seasoned writer of magazine articles, draws on a rich vein of fact and fiction.' --Irish Examiner
`exhaustive, elegant history.' --The Guardian
`Anthony Brandt, in this excellent book, sets out to give us the whole history of the search for the North-West Passage...The Man Who Ate His Boots gives a surprisingly deep insight into the soul of imperial Victorian Britain. Like shoe leather, there's plenty here to chew over.' --The Tablet
The enthralling, often harrowing story of the adventurers who searched in vain for the Northwest Passage, the holy grail of nineteenth-century British exploration.