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Alastair Humphreys is an English adventurer, author and motivational speaker. Over a four-year period he bicycled 46,000 miles around the world. He was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. He is responsible for the rise of the idea of the microadventure – short, local, accessible adventures.
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Robert Penn - May 26, 2020
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A tale of rediscovery and a celebration of the everyday miracle of homemade breadOver the course of a year, Robert Penn learns how to plant, harvest, thresh and mill his own wheat, in order to bake bread for his family. In returning to this pre-industrial practice, he tells the fascinating story of our relationship with bread: from the domesticatio...
Alastair Humphreys
Mar 16, 2021
@lateraltruth I loved your book, like I've loved them all. Well done.      source
The Camping Life
Inspiration and Ideas for Endless Adventures
Brendan Leonard - Mar 02, 2021
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From roughing it in the Mojave Desert without a tent to glamping in a cozy cabin in the Adirondacks, camping for pleasure is undeniably more popular than ever before. And all the while, the definition of camping is being refined and expanded to include a plethora of experiences. Because as we saw with Artisan’s TheCampout Cookbook, people want more...
Alastair Humphreys
Mar 12, 2021
#NewAdventureBooks from @semi_rad and @ForestWoodward. Beautiful photos, and advice aimed at newcomers to the world of Adventure. Much of the advice is aimed at the USA. But it's a beautiful book that's got me yearning to get camping again. The mountains are calling...      source
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
Bill Gates - Feb 16, 2021
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Bill Gates shares what he's learned in more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address the problems, and sets out a vision for how the world can build the tools it needs to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions.Bill Gates explains why he cares so deeply about climate change and what makes him optimistic that the...
Alastair Humphreys
Feb 22, 2021
I did not anticipate 120 very angry comments when I posted a Facebook post with a recommendation of a book that laid out some excellent steps towards getting to net zero carbon emissions! The strength of opinion is fascinating:      source
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The Upgraded Edition
Christian Bök - Oct 14, 2005 (first published in 1999)
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Christian Bök embarks on an ambitious exercise in Eunoia, an avant-garde work in which each chapter uses only one vowel, creating a text that fluctuates between poetry and prose. To make things more difficult, Bök constrained himself further: all chapters must allude to the art of writing, and they must describe a culinary banquet, a bawdy episode,...
Alastair Humphreys
Feb 12, 2021
@polarben @alex_christofi Sort of related, but I loved the book Eunoia:      source
Three Against The Wilderness
The Amazing True Story of a Modern Pioneer Family and the Miracle They Wrought in the Barren Northern Wilderness
Eric Collier - Jan 01, 1959
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Eric Collier's riveting recollections about the 26 years that he, his wife Lillian and son Veasy spent homesteading in the isolated Chilcotin wilderness made for an international bestseller and one of the most famous books ever written about British Columbia. In the early 1930s, Collier and his family moved to Meldrum Creek, where the couple built ...
Alastair Humphreys
Jan 26, 2021
I loved this book. Recommended if you enjoy books about carving a simple life out of the wilderness (eg The Runner by Markus Torgeby) or rewilding (eg Isabella Tree / Feral / English Pastoral). ⁠ I enjoyed so many aspects of this family's story.      source
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
The Definitive, 4th Edition
Betty Edwards - Apr 26, 2012 (first published in 1979)
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A revised edition of the classic drawing book that has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the United States alone.Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby,...
Alastair Humphreys
Jan 18, 2021
Lockdown learning challenge. I've always wished I could draw, so I thought it was about time to try to do something about it. This is supposed to be a self-portrait... 😉 I'm using a fabulous book called 'Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain' which…      source
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High Endeavours
The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Miles & Beryl Smeeton
Miles Clark - May 28, 2002 (first published in 1992)
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Miles Clarke's moving and exhilarating biography establishes Miles and Beryl Smeeton as the most accomplished traveling and adventuring couple of the 20th century. It is both a love story and an adventure story beyond compare....
Alastair Humphreys
Jan 17, 2021
@Squirreltower I LOVE that book! I've never met anyone else who has read it!      source
No Picnic on Mount Kenya
The Story of Three POWs' Escape to Adventure
Felice Benuzzi - Sep 04, 2018 (first published in 1947)
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In No Picnic on Mount Kenya, Felice Benuzzi recounts one of the most bizarre and daring adventures of this century. In 1943, Benuzzi and two fellow Italian prisoners of war escaped from a British camp in equatorial East Africa with one goal--to climb the seventeen-thousand-foot Mount Kenya. Filled with suspense and humor, it is an extraordinary sto...
Alastair Humphreys
Jan 16, 2021
Great Adventurers - a Reading List -      source
West with the Night
Beryl Markham - Jan 22, 2013 (first published in 1942)
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If the first responsibility of a memoirist is to lead a life worth writing about, Markham succeeded beyond all measure. Born Beryl Clutterbuck in the middle of England, she spent her life defying all expectations of how a woman should live and what a single person can achieve.Markham and her father moved to Kenya when she was a girl, and she grew u...
Alastair Humphreys
Jan 16, 2021
Great Adventurers - a Reading List -      source
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Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Find the Hidden Path to Happiness
Robert Twigger - Jun 27, 2017
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'Micromastery is a triumph. A brilliant idea, utterly convincing, and superbly carried through' - Philip PullmanWe read that we must be passionate about only one thing, that 10,000 hours of hard practice is needed to achieve mastery. But in fact most successful people, including Nobel prize winners, nurture multiple areas of knowledge and activity ...
Alastair Humphreys
Jan 08, 2021
A nice book if you feel like expanding some small horizons whilst you're unable to head for distant horizons.      source
We Are the Weather
Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
Jonathan Safran Foer - Sep 17, 2019
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Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity. But do those of us who accept the reality of human-caused climate change truly believe it? If we did, surely we would be roused to act on what we know. Will future generations distinguish between those who didnt believe in the ...
Alastair Humphreys
Dec 31, 2020
@62point1 His two recent books are superb. Highly recommended.      source
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The Lost Book of Adventure by Unknown Adventurer