Explorer and storyteller Michael Palin has released a new book – Erebus: The Story of a Ship.
In September 2014 the wreck of a sailing vessel was discovered at the bottom of the sea in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic. It was broken at the stern and covered in a woolly coat of underwater vegetation. Its whereabouts had been a mystery for over a century and a half. Its name was HMS Erebus.
Now Michael Palin – former Monty Python stalwart and television globetrotter – brings this extraordinary ship back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic.
Dubbed as an evocative and epic account of one of the greatest adventures of all time, Palin explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared journeys aboard the ship: the dashing James Clark Ross and the troubled John Franklin.
He vividly recounts the experiences of the men who first stepped ashore on Antarctica’s Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic wastes as rescue missions desperately tried to reach them.
To help tell the story, Palin has travelled to various locations across the world – Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic – to search for local information, and to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted the Erebus and her crew.
Michael will be undertaking a 17 stop UK book tour in association with various independent
booksellers and Waterstones branches.
Erebus: The Story of a Ship is published by Hutchinson and is now available to buy in Hardback and eBook for £20.
Check out the video below to find out more.