Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

In his major new work, Michael Palin ? former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter ? brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross?s Antarctic expedition of 1839?43, to its abandonment during Franklin?s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final redisco In his major new work, Michael Palin ? former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter ?...

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Title:Erebus: The Story of a Ship
Author:Michael Palin
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Genres:History
ISBN:184794812X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Erebus: The Story of a Ship Reviews

  • Laura
    Oct 13, 2018
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: Michael Palin reads from his new book, abridged by Penny Leicester, about the mysterious and tragic voyage of HMS Erebus in 1845: A 19th century botanist, Joseph Hooker, and a press conference in Canada in 2014 sharpen the author's interest in t...
  • Bettie☯
    Oct 02, 2018
    BOTW https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000... ...
  • Erik
    Oct 15, 2018
    I really wanted to love Michael Palin?s new book ?Erebus?. I really did. I am a fan not just of his comedy, but also of his travel shows. Additionally, the lost Franklin expedition that sank the Erebus and the Terror is something I have been interested in for years. I thought thi...
  • Tomgirl deni
    Nov 08, 2018
    An excellent read, couldn?t put it down. If you love sea tales and Arctic/Antarctic adventure and misadventures this is one for you. Written in Palin?s amiable style it?s a great read. ...
  • Amerynth
    Nov 17, 2018
    I received a free copy of Michael Palin's book "Erebus: One ship, two epic voyages and the greatest Naval mystery of all time" from LT's Early Reviewers program. I have a dread of books where the author's name is larger on the cover than the book title because I find authors with t...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    Oct 16, 2018
    Palin?s Erebus is a comprehensive account of one of the most famous Arctic and Antarctic exploration vessels. Palin provides a detailed yet compelling overview of the life of Erebus, recently rediscovered in only 36 feet of water in the Arctic, where she has remained since her last v...
  • Kevin McMahon
    Nov 12, 2018
    A thoroughly fascinating and entertaining book on a Victorian tragedy which has really piqued my interest in the search for the northwest passage. The author has made a great job of providing a potted history of HMS Erebus and her crews at both the Antarctic and Arctic regions and I...
  • Rob Thompson
    Nov 23, 2018
    A biography of a ship and of Victorian heroism Erebus: The Story of a Ship is a biography of the voyage that was mentioned in Conrad's book, Heart of Darkness. Launched in 1826, it vanished with her sister ship, The Terror, in 1846. They were trying to find a way through the Northwe...
  • Susan Paxton
    Oct 14, 2018
    The bomb vessel HMS Erebus (and her near-sister HMS Terror) is best known for the way she ended; lost in the tragedy of the expedition led by Sir John Franklin to discover a way through the Northwest Passage. But, as Michael Palin ably tells in this new book, that's only the very end o...
  • Phil Ford
    Nov 29, 2018
    I have read a lot of books on the tragic Franklin Expedition, obviously involving the fated ship Erebus. I have never read one specifically about the ship, nor have I read anything by Michael Palin. This was wonderful. A book easily geared toward someone who is interested in history bu...
  • Matt Kelland
    Oct 09, 2018
    Palin brings the Franklin Expedition to life better than anyone except the Dan Simmons novel. ...
  • Frank O'connor
    Nov 04, 2018
    This is a book about exploration, history and geography. It is, literally, the story of a ship, from the moment it was conceived of until its modern fate. Palin neatly passes between the past and the present, giving a rich sense of time passing. He brings to life the sense of adventure...
  • Michael
    Nov 11, 2018
    A truly enjoyable read about an area that I knew a small amount about, but didn't know much, so this book filled in the blanks quite nicely! I want to read more about ongoing research into these wrecks, and perhaps even do an arctic visit myself someday, just to see the landscapes desc...
  • Gregory
    Nov 19, 2018
    This 3 star rating is misleading! Some parts about this were a 5, some made me feel like it was a 1. Michael Palin's major flaw is also where he succeeds when other polar historians fail; Palin is one of the few who juxtapose the history with what the history has contributed to the ...
  • Timothy
    Oct 15, 2018
    Utterly enthralling, compulsive stuff. I was already quite familiar with the doomed Franklin Expedition but this adds a whole new layer to it, plus new stuff i was not aware of, which has been meticulously and lovingly researched by Palin. Add to that - the amazing narration by Palin ...
  • Anna
    Nov 14, 2018
    3.5 stars I love Michael Palin and have read all of his travelogues so I was expecting a lot from this account of the Erebus?s journeys. Unfortunately I thought there was almost too much detail which slowed down the narrative, and it wasn?t until the final third of the book that...
  • Mike
    Dec 09, 2018
    Wonderful book! There have been many books about this tragic voyage but none feel a personal as this. Michael Palin has the gift of storytelling. Together with his solid research and knowledge he's written a beautiful book about a tragic period in exploration. The way he writes draw...
  • Tony
    Oct 15, 2018
    Wow, Is Michael Palin just good at everything he does. This is great insight into the story of erebus, engaging and lovingly written. Its not a long book but it is a great book to read in an afternoon. ...
  • Ernest Spoon
    Nov 26, 2018
    The title says The Story of a Ship,"but it is more than that. It is ultimately the story of one group of British Navy officers and enlisted men who opened an era of 19th century Antarctic exploration and another who met tragedy in the Arctic. I love Palins breezy, intimate way with...
  • donna_ehm
    Nov 09, 2018
    I enjoyed listening to the enthusiasm Palin brings to the narration of his book. He clearly has a love for the subject, and is as fascinated by the story of Franklin and his search for the Northwest Passage as anyone familiar with the story. The telling of how the fate of the expeditio...
  • Enda Hackett
    Nov 06, 2018
    I really enjoyed this historical account. Although a bit dry(ahem) in places, the book does move along at a steady pace so the reader is not bored for long. The story of the Franklin expedition is exceptional. ...
  • Julian Walker
    Oct 15, 2018
    History fabulously brought to life, in the author's natural and easy writing style. This is an amazingly well-researched book, using the ship as the focal point of a finely detailed story on history, politics people and also the spirit of the age. The characters and motivations ...
  • Faye Elliott
    Nov 24, 2018
    This is possibly the first book of its kind that I?ve read, I usually only read fiction. I picked it up because I like to read something out of my comfort zone every now and then. I have really, truly enjoyed this - Palins tale of Erebus has been meticulously researched and writt...
  • Susan Grimshaw
    Nov 08, 2018
    Superb book, written with great knowledge and enthusiasm. I loved it. ...
  • Barry Turner
    Nov 03, 2018
    Ha ha I was ploughing through this much like the ship itself carved out a foothold in Arctic waters. Progess slowed - mine that is - with growing realisation I was struggling to read it. Subsequently turned out I gotta cataract. But blessed is the Lord. On BBCiplayer is an abridged re...
  • Joanna Aitkens
    Nov 11, 2018
    Great research and a fascinating story brought to life. Getting to know these often forgotten explorers has made this book ?un-put-downable? for me. Even if you know nothing about naval exploration or their ships you?ll find this an incredible adventure. ...
  • Mark
    Nov 04, 2018
    A biography of a ship and the path through history it takes isn't an original idea. But what a ship, and what a path! Palin does a very good job of telling the story of her voyages, discoveries, loss, and rediscovery. ...
  • Darlene Stericker
    Nov 25, 2018
    A slow start but by the second year in Antartica, this book is fascinating. At first I did not appreciate the author's incursions into the story with his wry observations but they made more sense by the end of the book. This was an excellent retelling of the history of Erebus with much...
  • Marie
    Oct 12, 2018
    A fabulous book! The story of Erebus and all who sailed on her, is a story that was desperate to be told, and well, Michael Palin is the perfect storyteller in which to do it! It's testement to all the journals, diaries and sketches kept by the explorers on Erebus, and thankful...
  • Dale
    Nov 13, 2018
    Take a bow Mr Palin!! There is a lot of research which has gone in to making this book and you can clearly tell. The details about the expeditions are well explained. The way the book is written really makes you feel for the Captains and crew of Erubus, but surprisingly I had emoti...