Sea Voyages: Maritime Tales of Courage and Endurance

By The Bookshop on the Green

By The Bookshop on the Green

Man has attempted to conquer oceans since time immemorial, pitting wits, ingenuity and courage against the cruel sea. Here are our favourite voyages...

Erebus: The Story of a Ship

Michael Palin

£9.99 £9.49

Michael Palin tells the fascinating history of a ship from its launch in 1826, glory in the Antarctic and ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic.

This Thing Of Darkness

Harry Thompson

£10.99 £10.44

This is my absolute favourite adventure book. It's about Darwin's journey on The Beagle, captained by Fitzroy, across the Atlantic, around the treacherous Cape Horn and up the Pacific coast. The peril of Georgian sea travel and heroism of the sailers is utterly compelling, and the real story behind Darwin's scientific discoveries was a real education. Fitzroy emerges as an amazingly talented, thoughtful figure. A fast-paced and jaw-dropping historical novel. Highly recommended by Sala on the BookShop Team.

Darwin's Odyssey: The Voyage of the Beagle

Kevin Jackson

£7.99 £7.59

The Beagle's journey from Darwin's perspective.

The Young Hornblower Omnibus

C.S. Forester

£12.99 £12.34

The pitch-perfect fictional stories of young Hornblower's ascent through the ranks of the Royal Navy. Brilliant, insecure, scared of heights and very brave, he's no two-dimensional hero and these books are enormous fun to read.

The North Water: Now a major BBC TV series starring Colin Farrell, Jack O'Connell and Stephen Graham


£8.99 £8.54

A ship sets sail with a killer on board . . . 1859. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship's surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster . . . 'A tour de force' Hilary Mantel 'Riveting and darkly brilliant' Colm Tóibín

Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

£5.99 £5.69

For the icy descriptions of Frankenstein's journey to escape his monsters in the Arctic north.

Moby- Dick

Herman Melville

£3.99 £3.79

Whale vs Men.

Gulliver's Travels: and Alexander Pope's Verses on Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

£6.99 £6.64

One of the first novels ever written, at a time when it was dawning on Englishmen what a wide world existed beyond Europe. Swift's satire still stings.

Shackleton's Journey

William Grill

£15.99 £15.19

A really beautiful book that tells the story of Shackleton's journey using understated graphic pictures which contrast sharply with the complexity of the operation. A lovely addition to any child's bookcase.

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing

£9.99 £9.49

Master and Commander

Patrick O'Brian

£9.99 £9.49

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Man Against the Sea

Sebastian Junger

£9.99 £9.49

The book which inspired the George Clooney film about a fishing boat which meets its end in an appallingly violent storm.


Dava Sobel

£8.99 £8.54

Every Man For Himself: Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, 1996

Beryl Bainbridge

£9.99 £9.49

The story of a rich American orphan and his adventures on the doomed Titanic. First published in 1996 the novel won the 1996 Whitbread Prize, and was a nominee of the Booker Prize.[1] It also won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Europe and South Asia).

Homer's Odyssey

Simon Armitage

£12.99 £12.34

The journey of a sailor who attempts to return home from war, but is thwarted by cannibals, nymphs, monsters, drug addicts and the capricious gods.

The Shadow Line

Joseph Conrad


Life of Pi

Yann Martel

£9.99 £9.49

Ship of Force

Alan Evans

£8.99 £8.54

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst: Now Filmed As The Mercy

Ron Hall and Nicholas Tomalin

£9.99 £9.49

How To Read Water: Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea

Tristan Gooley

£10.99 £10.44

A thought-provoking and fascinating guide for mariners.

Swallows And Amazons

Arthur Ransome

£7.99 £7.59

Not so much a voyage, but a great preparation for a voyage. Adventures on the lakes.




Children are frequently fascinated by the fate of the Titanic. Here's a factual guide to the structure of the ship, the ambitions of the owners, the passenger list, the conditions, menus ...and finally the disaster itself.

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk: Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2020

Natasha Farrant

£7.99 £7.59

This voyage featuring children and dogs made every "Best Childrens Book" list at the end of 2020.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo

£7.99 £7.59

A really exciting adventure story about a boy who goes on a round-the-world trip with his parents ..until disaster strikes. Thrilling, with a tearjerking end.

Oxford Children's Classics: Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

£6.99 £6.64

Shiver Me Timbers! This classic tale captures the excitement and perils of sea travel.

Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession

Gavin Francis

£20.00 £19.00

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