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The Faber Book of Exploration

Benedict Allen

The Faber Book of Exploration, edited by Benedict Allen, described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘Immaculately edited and shrewdly considered . . . a hugely readable compendium.’

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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


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…

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