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Barrow's Boys

by Fergus Fleming

Barrow's Boys Synopsis

The atlas of 1816 was littered with blanks. What was the North Pole? Was there a Northwest Passage? What lay at the heart of Africa? Did Antarctica exist? In his quest to find the answers to these questions, John Barrow, Second Secretary to the Admiralty, launched the most ambitious programme of exploration the world had ever seen. Between 1816 and 1845 his hand-picked teams of elite naval officers scoured the globe's empty spaces. Often at odds with each other and working in utterly surreal conditions - cocked hats in the Arctic, frock coats in the Sahara - they entered the void. Their ignorance of the conditions they would encounter, allied to Barrow's insouciant way with maps, make this a tale of absurdly dangerous comedy as well as harrowing personal endeavour.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781862075023
Publication date: 22nd August 2001
Author: Fergus Fleming
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 500 pages
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, Geographical discovery & exploration, General & world history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About Fergus Fleming

Fergus Fleming was born in 1959 and studied at Oxford University and City University, London. He trained as an accountant and barrister and has worked as a furniture maker.

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