Ernest Shackleton

Ernest Shackleton is one of the most celebrated explorers in history. He took part in four expeditions to Antarctica, and his Endurance Expedition is filled with some of the greatest feats ever recorded in the annals of exploration.


Ernest Shackleton – Part 1 – Early Years

Part 1 in our series covers the life of Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton up to the Discovery Expedition of 1901. There is also a brief look at Antarctic exploration, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. 

Download Part 1 (mp3 file) or listen online.


Below are some of the resources I have used for the Shackleton series. I will add more as the series goes on. Please know there is a lot of information available, and this is a fraction of what you can find available.


Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer, by Michael Smith. Contemporary (2014) biography about Shackleton. This was probably my favorite biography of the man. It’s detailed and even handed. It doesn’t treat him as a saint, but doesn’t try and trash him either.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing. This account of the Endurance Expedition is one of the greatest books of exploration ever put together. It’s detailed, insightful and riveting. Simply incredible.

Shackleton: Irishman in Antarctica, by Jonathan Shackleton and John MacKenna. One of the authors is a cousin of Shackleton. This shorter biography offers some nice insights and features a lot of great photos courtesy of the Shackleton family. It is hard to find – I was lucky and got a used copy online.

South, by Ernest Shackleton. This is Shackleton’s account of the Endurance Expedition. It is entertaining, but he did not write it. He dictated the information to a professional who ghost wrote the book. You can read this for free at

Wikipedia links