General History

Explorers & Adventurers


Pen & Sword’s Discovery imprint is devoted to explorers and adventurers who have sought to extend our understanding of our world and who have - sometimes literally - journeyed to the ends of the earth. On land, at sea and in the air they have dared to test their knowledge, skill, endurance and courage against the most hazardous conditions, and many of them lost their lives while doing so. Biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and accounts of remarkable exploits and expeditions will all be published in this new list which celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of men and women who were prepared to take enormous risks in order to pursue their passion for discovery.



'Mummies possess an incredible power of attraction,' writes Albert Zink in his introduction to this slim, profusely illustrated, highly readable and beautifully produced book. It's an all-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about mummies-but-were-afraid-to-ask approach which seems to work for all ages. I read though the book with interest and then so did my children, aged 5, 7 and 9; the page -turning accompanied by lots of oohs, aahs and the occasional, "eugh!". I even caught my wife reading it and she NEVER picks up a book. I think our volume is going to be well-thumbed over the years, and my daughter is even taking the book to school today to show her class. If the British Museum gets it into its shops it should fly off the shelves. This reviewer heartily recommends this for children, daddies and mummies everywhere.

Paul Nixon, Amazon Reviewer

“Finely researched book.” “Cameron, a pilot, has done well to chronicle the early development of flight in the Polar Regions and to rightfully mark Amundsen as one of aviation’s true pioneers.”

Garth James Cameron

The Eighteenth century was an era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. From ship's boy to vice-admiral, discover how much more there was to Captain Blight than his captain and mentor, Cook; a 34-year-old Lieutenant Bligh at the helm of the famous Bounty then cast adrift by Fletcher Christian on an epic 47-day open-boat voyage from Tonga to Timor; and 36-year-old Captain Bligh as he takes HMS Providence, to the company of a young Matthew Flinders, on a grand voyage to Tahiti and back. And all this before he was 40.

Full Ahead – The Merchant Navy Association

Ex-SAS surgeon Richard Villar has worked with Merlin for several years, responding to some of the worst disasters the world has seen. Now he's written a book vividly describing his experiences to “the brave men and women of Merlin”.

Frontline – Merlin Newsletter

A highly detailed account of the complex and often deadly history of climbing on the 'Savage Mountain' from the mid 19th Century up until 2011.

The Great Outdoors