• Madhouse at the End of the Earth
  • Madhouse at the End of the Earth
  • Madhouse at the End of the Earth
  • Madhouse at the End of the Earth
  • Madhouse at the End of the Earth
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

Travel & Maps, Travel Writing, Expeditions, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2022
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth
History and adventure from the golden age of exploration
During the golden age of polar exploration in the late nineteenth century, a Belgian-funded expedition to the largely unknown Antarctic continent set sail.... READ MORE
Rob at Bromley
Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Absolute Lunacy
This is the tale of a frankly bonkers expedition to the Antarctic in 1897. Headed by a sea crazed Belgian aristocrat who couldn't deal with the fact that B... READ MORE
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Obsessed
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up Madhouse at the End of the Earth, I've never read anything on the subject matter before (barring perhaps the ... READ MORE
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Synopsis

Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for February 2022

The harrowing, survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly wrong, with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter

August 1897: The Belgica set sail, eager to become the first scientific expedition to reach the white wilderness of the South Pole. But the ship soon became stuck fast in the ice of the Bellinghausen sea, condemning the ship's crew to overwintering in Antarctica and months of endless polar night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness, their minds ravaged by the sound of dozens of rats teeming in the hold, they descended into madness.

In this epic tale, Julian Sancton unfolds a story of adventure gone horribly awry. As the crew teetered on the brink, the Captain increasingly relied on two young officers whose friendship had blossomed in captivity - Dr. Frederick Cook, the wild American whose later infamy would overshadow his brilliance on the Belgica; and the ship's first mate, soon-to-be legendary Roald Amundsen, who later raced Captain Scott to the South Pole. Together, Cook and Amundsen would plan a last-ditch, desperate escape from the ice-one that would either etch their names into history or doom them to a terrible fate in the frozen ocean.

Drawing on first-hand crew diaries and journals, and exclusive access to the ship's logbook, the result is equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror. This is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780753553466
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 23 mm

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Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Fascinating
Madhouse at the end of the earth is a fascinating account of the vessel Belgica's late 19th century expedition to Antarctica. I didn't know anything about ... READ MORE
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Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Reads like a thriller
I loved this book, it keeps you riveted throughout, and you are invested in what happens to the crew. Interesting to read a lesser known historical event, ... READ MORE
Claire Hannah
Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Amazing
Unable to put the book down. Its a truly great read & one of the best books i have read.
Simon Johnston
Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Brilliant
I'm a well versed on most polor exploration over the years! I inherited Shackleton mesmeric survival ,so had a brief of what to expect. But this book has ... READ MORE
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