As I love to read (almost as much as I love to travel!), I decided to do some reviews of a few travel-related books which I thought might be of interest to other travellers… So I was delighted to be sent a copy of Working at the End of the World by Con Curtis to kick off my review series!
About the Author
Con Curtis is a writer and photographer who lives in Yorkshire (UK). He plays guitar and loves the mountains, getting out there as often as he can.
Working at the End of the World is all about Curtis’s six week journey to the Antarctic and his stint working for the British Antarctic Survey. The book is a frank and personal diary of his life living and working in this extreme and remote environment.
About the Book
No of Pages: 309
Publisher: Austin Macauley (2017)
Available formats: paperback, hardback and eBook
(Warning: this book does contain some fairly strong language – although I would say it was justifiable considering some of the terrifying situations those working in the Antarctic found themselves in!)
I’ll start by saying that I really, really enjoyed this book! And I loved it for a number of reasons…
It is a very personal and relatable account of Curtis’s exciting – and at times dangerous – work in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. I was transported into his storm-bound tent and could almost feel the cold and the fear – as well as the camaraderie – on many occasions throughout the book.
The book has plenty of humorous moments, as well as touching moments and several tense, heart in the mouth moments, such as when Curtis and his companion have to cross a crevasse-riddled glacier by skidoo with little chance of being rescued if things don’t go to plan:
“Being on this slumping crevasse for that very brief moment was a very strange experience. All my senses seemed so intense and fine-tuned for that half a second or so; the underlying acute knowledge that if it collapsed it was highly likely I could lose my life, or be badly injured; every aspect of my entire self, physical and psychological, was acutely focussed on that exact moment.”
As I am also a big fan of being outdoors (whatever the weather!), and visiting the Antarctic is high up on my bucket list, this was a must read book for me!
To sum up, Working at the End of the World is a truly gripping read and I struggled to put it down once I had started it… and despite the apparent harsh conditions, it made me want to visit the Antarctic more than ever!
So if you love adventure travel and are looking for an absorbing read, I highly recommend checking out Working at the End of the World – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
My Star Rating: (5 / 5)
What’s your favourite type of book and why? Let me know in the comments…
*I was provided with a copy of this book by Austin Macauley (publishers) for review, but all opinions expressed are my own.