ChasingShackleton_HC_cover (Small) Chasing Shackleton, Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival

(AUS/UK Title ‘Shackleton’s Epic, Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival‘)

In this extraordinary adventure memoir and tie-in to the Discovery Channel documentary, Tim Jarvis, one of the world’s leading explorers, describes his modern-day journey, to retrace for the first time ever (and in period clothing and gear) the legendary 1914 expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team sailed for Antarctica, attempting to be the first to reach the South Pole. Instead of glory, Shackleton and his crew found themselves in an epic struggle for survival: a three-year odyssey on the ice and oceans of the Antarctic that endures as one of the world’s most famous tales of adventure, endurance, and leadership ever recorded.

In the winter of 2013, celebrated explorer Tim Jarvis, a veteran of multiple polar expeditions, set out to recreate Sir Ernest Shackleton’s treacherous voyage over sea and mountain, outfitted solely with authentic equipment—clothing, boots, food, and tools—from Shackleton’s time, a feat that has never been successfully accomplished.


Chasing Shackleton is the remarkable record of Jarvis and his team’s epic journey. Beautifully designed and illustrated with dozens of photographs from the original voyage and its modern reenactment, it is a visual feast for readers and historians alike, and an essential new chapter in the story that has inspired adventurers across every continent for a century.
Published by : Harper Collins, 2013 (ISBN 978-0-00-754952-8 )

Have a ‘browse inside’ the book on the Harper Collins Canada website here


“…Tim Jarvis superbly recounts his successful re-creation of Shackleton’s journey faithfully almost to the last detail. […]  Lavishly illustrated and gripping from the very first word, ‘Shackleton’s Epic’ is an absolute must for the bookshelf of anyone with an even passing interest in Sir Ernest Shackleton”.  – NICK SMITH, EXPLORERS JOURNAL, FALL 2014

Mr. Jarvis’s tribute to Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition has had a danger and heroism that are worthy of the original.”

This is a story of triumph! Tim Jarvis and his companions have successfully recreated my grandfather’s 1916 voyage over the stormiest seas in the world. I feel it was a thoroughly Shackletonian expedition.”

A daring re-enactment. … All the plaudits to him and his team are thoroughly deserved.”

An extraordinary expedition

Polar explorer Jarvis takes on the re-creation of one of the most difficult treks imaginable. … The story of their journey is bone-chilling and breathtakingly frightening. … a most remarkable feat. A well-written, compelling read.”

Thrilling. … A treasure-trove of minutiae and derring-do for both explorers and those who will simply gaze in wonderment.”

Full Review from Booklist (USA)
Here’s a book whose subtitle employs “world’s greatest” accurately, speaking of Ernest Shackleton’s astonishing 1916 Antarctic rescue. Author-adventurer Jarvis has re-created in nearly every detail that harrowing trip (“in a replica James Caird using traditional navigation” and “period gear and equipment”) across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia and up and down its mountainous terrain. Though others have tried this and failed, Jarvis, with help and patronage from Shackleton’s granddaughter Alexandra and a team of brave, seaworthy men, made it, and the expedition’s nuts and bolts (financial, emotional, and literal) are detailed here, accompanied by fascinating quotes from the accounts of members of Shackleton’s original journey. Nearly every page of this oversize book features a map, or an illustration, or a period or contemporary photo, from close-ups of gnarled hands stitching the replica sails and the boat-making process to the seagoing men sleeping, just barely, under reindeer-skin blankets. The PBS documentary tie-in will flesh out this thrilling tale, but the book itself is a treasure-trove of minutiae and derring-do for both explorers and those who will simply gaze in wonderment.  — Eloise Kinney


Where to Buy?

in Australia and the UK (AUS/UK Title ‘Shackleton’s Epic, Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival) and
in the USA and Canada (title ‘Chasing Shackleton, Recreating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival’)

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Engage Tim Jarvis to speak at your event

If you live in the USA contact Harper Collins Speakers Bureau to get all the information you need about booking Tim to speak at your next event.  See Tim’s HCSB profile page.

Other parts of the world – you can send your enquiry to  Check out Tim’s website for video of Tim speaking, his profile and upcoming appearances.

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