Where the Earth Ends

A journey beyond Patagonia

John Murray 2000, Parthian 2006

Where the Earth Ends was a Sunday Times Book of the Week.  It charts journeys through Argentina and Chile, with an unplanned detour to Antarctica on a Russian research vessel.

'I went because I had read of tribes living half-naked in the wild islands round Cape Horn, who, into the 1920’s, continued to live as hunter-gatherers.  I went to follow my great-grandfather’s wake, sailing square riggers to collect the copper and guano of Chile.  I went, because the real Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on a tiny island off that coast.

I found the descendants of those natives, I sailed those seas, I slept on Crusoe’s shore.'


'A fascinating book of insight, scholarship and adventurous travel, fired by childhood dreams, perhaps, but fueled by the skill of a writer from whom, I hope, we shall hear much more.'

Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times