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Into the Abyss

Benedict Allen

Benedict Allen’s Into the Abyss is a glimpse at the motivation and experiences of some of history’s most intrepid explorers.

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Why do explorers put themselves in dangerous situations? And, once the worst possible situation occurs, how do they find the resources to survive?

In answering these questions, Benedict Allen weaves a series of tales from his own experience as well as that of other explorers including Columbus, Cortez, Scott, Shakelton, Stanley, Livingstone and their modern counterparts: Joe Simpson and Ranulf Fiennes.


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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