Tom Stacey

Dire Straits

Into the Abyss: Explorers on the Edge of Survival

By

Faber & Faber 266pp £17.99 order from our bookshop

Benedict Allen makes a living out of being what his publicity people call an ‘explorer’. Indeed, his publishers call him ‘one of the UK’s most daring explorers’, no less. He has edited The Faber Book of Explorers. He has made several television films about his exploring. His exploits as an explorer include trekking across the Mongolian steppe and the Gobi Desert, walking the length of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast with three camels, crossing the Amazon basin, traversing the mountainous spine of New Guinea, and so on. 

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • Here's reviewing Rachel Kushner's novel about a woman caught in the injustice of the US prison system,… ,
    • 'Hart sets out to unsettle, startle and disturb. In this strange, disconcerting, radical version of a strange, disc… ,
    • Here is @MannJessica's June crime fiction round-up, discussing books by Georges Simenon, Jack Grimwood,… ,
    • John Stubbs reviews Stephen Greenblatt's latest, 'Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power' ,
    • RT : What happened when US military strategist Herman Kahn - one of Kubrick’s three models for Dr Strangelove - took LSD… ,
    • 'Pollan has no doubt that the use of psychedelics could have a powerfully beneficial effect on a range of condition… ,
    • A memoir about an Untouchable family and the 'formation of modern India': 'Ants among Elephants' by @gidla_sujatha… ,