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  • A "grade-A classic" that's feverishly compelling ... this story has everything

    Sunday Times
  • Exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing

    New York Times
  • Utterly enthralling

    Geoff Dyer, Guardian
  • An epic of survival. A mixture of chaos and great courage; part Monty Python sketch, part real-life heroics

    Michael Palin
  • The next great contribution to polar literature. A wild tale, so well told and immersively researched

    Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE
  • A brilliant, vivid piece of writing that should be read by all who care about heroism, courage, ingenuity and endurance... it is adventure to the max, and peopled by wonderful characters. As soon as you finish, you want to read it again

    Roger Alton, Daily Mail
  • The story of the Belgica has been told before, but never so brilliantly. Madhouse at the End of the Earth belongs at the heights of polar literature

    The Times
  • Considering that much of Madhouse at the End of the Earth is about moribundity, Sancton does well to make each page exciting - "murder, suicide, starvation, insanity, icy death and all the acts of the devil"

    Roger Lewis, Telegraph *****
  • A riveting true-life horror story ... an obscure but important history transformed by deep research and note-perfect storytelling into a classic thriller

    Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of STEVE JOBS and LEONARDO DA VINCI
  • Artfully constructed, written with evenly-paced poise and with a kind of dread-filled assurance, it grips from first sentence to last

    Lawrence Osborne, international bestselling author of THE FORGIVEN

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