Books Of Exploration and Adventure.

Books are great sources of inspiration from classic works of fiction and fantasy to factual books that teach. Today I focus in on the genera of travel and exploration one that takes us away to faraway lands to corners of the world we can only dream about.

One thing thats amazing to imagine when reading through these old books is that in their day the world itself would have seemed larger. Maps still had blanks areas (here there be monsters) and just getting to these

places held their own set of dangers.


The harshest environment for explorers and one of the last major areas to explore was the cold wild wastes of Antarctica. The southern latitudes were known by sailors as the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties for their extreme conditions.

If these seas were conquered ships faced getting trapped in sea ice and slowly crushed like matchwood. The books below explore the highs and the lows of these momentous days of exploration.

Shackleton Heart of the Antarctic [1910]

South with Scott [1920]

Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea [1930]

The Great White South [1930]

Crossing Antarctica [1958]


The first successful ascent of Mount Everest was made in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, an astounding climb to the highest point on Earth. We have the following books in stock exploring that tremendous achievement.

High Adventure, by Edmund Hillary [Published 1956]

Ascent of Everest, by John Hunt

The sea

many have been inspired by the for its spirit of danger freedom and adventure from those exploring new unexplored lands to rogues and pirates.

Cochrane The Dauntless Antique [1897]

Adventures at Sea [1900]

Life Of Nelson [1902]

Two Years before the Mast [1920s]

Yarns Of The Sea [1940]

Thrills of the Seven Seas [1940]

Under the Red Sea [1950]

Captain Cook Ladybird [1960]

The Cruel Sea [1964]

Further Reads

Land of Lalla Rookh A Thousand Miles Tramp through the Vale Of Cashmere [1921]

Seven Years in Tibet [1950]

Tales of Marco Polo [1950]

Stanley On The Congo [1900]

An Antique land [1960]

Robinson Crusoe [1950]

Seven Across Sahara [1950]

Bayonets To Lhasa, British Invasion Of Tibet in 1904 [1962]

Other Explorations

Sometimes exploration and adventure can be found closer to home, take for instance George Orwell’s Down and out In Paris & London or Road to Wigan Pier. In which Orwell explored the lower rungs of interwar Britain’s Class system to which he was alien to. Such explorations sowed the seeds for themes explored in the famous classic Nineteen Eighty Four. Orwell himself was inspired by Jack London, who although being a Sailor, Yukon Goldminer and Railroad Tramp wrote one of his most famous books about the people of the East End of London in ‘The People of the Abyss’ [1903].