Search Site


Renowned caver and cave diver Martyn Farr to release revised edition of cave diving chronicle The Darkness Beckons

Wednesday, 31st May 2017

World-renowned caver and cave diver Martyn Farr has announced that a revised edition of The Darkness Beckons – The history and development of world cave diving will be published on 3 July 2017 by Vertebrate Publishing.

First released in 1980, the beautifully illustrated book charts the evolution of underwater exploration. Fully updated for 2017 to reflect the latest developments, the revised edition features an all-new foreword by renowned cave diver and explorer Bill Stone, together with over 250 digitally remastered photographs and more than 100 hand-drawn diagrams. 

Martyn Farr began cave diving in 1971 and by 1981 had established a world record for under-sea cave penetration in the Bahamas. In the UK he is known for his explorations in Wookey Hole, in 1977 and 1982, and the first subterranean traverse of Llangattock Mountain in Wales in 1986. He has made many expeditions worldwide, to such places as Iran, Mexico, Borneo, China, Dominican Republic, Japan, France, Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearics, Greece, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Australia and, most recently, New Zealand.

Vertebrate is publishing 500 limited-edition hardback copies of The Darkness Beckons, which will be signed by Farr and sold on a first-come-first-served basis for £40. A general release paperback edition priced £25 will also be available from July 2017.

. . .