Catherine Anderson and Angus McDonald are both restless souls – inveterate travellers, at home everywhere and nowhere. When they first meet, in a small hill town in the Himalayas, she thinks he is rude, mistaking his shyness for arrogance. He thinks she is idealistic and naive, and unlikely to remain past the next monsoon.

After years without contact, Catherine dreams of Angus, and within a few days receives a message from him. Though he is in Melbourne and she in London, Catherine feels a profound certainty that their lives are about to converge.

The End of All Our Exploring is an unconventional love story, set against a backdrop of some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery, but it is also a young woman’s lament for all she has lost, a meditation on grief – and a courageous attempt at acceptance and understanding. 

Catherine Anderson

The End of All Our Exploring is British writer Catherine Anderson’s debut memoir. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she has a long history with Asia - particularly the Indian sub-continent. She established NGO Kokonor in the Tibetan community of McLeod Ganj in the Western Himalayas (2005), and posthumously edited India’s Disappearing Railways (Carlton Books/Hardie Grant 2014) – the work of her late fiancé, Australian photojournalist Angus McDonald - and curated its accompanying exhibitions in London, Sydney and Melbourne (2014-15).

In 2014 she founded The Angus McDonald Trust (, a health and welfare charity working in some of the most challenging regions of Burma, where Angus died. She has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and Geographical magazine. For her next book she plans to follow the journeys of both Angus and Victorian explorer George Ernest Morrison – ‘Morrison of Peking’ - from Shanghai to Rangoon.