The Worst Journey in the World

The Worst Journey in the World

Ranked number 1 in National Geographic’s 100 Best Adventure Books of All Time


One of the world's greatest works of travel and adventure writing, reissued on its 100th birthday.

This is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, one of the youngest members of Scott's team, recorded the experience of his adventure and in doing so created a masterpiece of travel writing. Despite the horrors that Scott and his men faced, Cherry's account is filled with details of scientific discovery, unforgettable descriptions of landscape and a belief in the spirit of human beings. A celebrated and compelling book on Antarctic exploration.


'The Worst Journey in the World is to travel what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece' New York Review of Books

* Voted Number 1 in National Geographic's 100 Best Adventure Books of All Time *


  • The best polar book there is

About the author

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959) was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott's final expedition to the Antarctic which he joined to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin. After the expedition, Cherry-Garrard served in the First World War and was invalided home. With the zealous encouragement of his neighbour, George Bernard Shaw, Cherry-Garrard wrote The Worst Journey in the World (1922) in an attempt to overcome the horror of the journey. As the years unravelled he faced a terrible struggle against depression, breakdown and despair, haunted by the possibility that he could have saved Scott and his companions.
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