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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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An exquisitely illustrated, one-of-a-kind celebration of the hidden beauty of nature and the ingenuity of birds Susan Ogilvy started painting bird nests almost by accident. One day, while tidying up her garden after a storm, she found a chaffinch nest - a strange, sodden lump on the grass under a fir tree. She carried it inside and placed it on a n...
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I love this beautiful book. It would make a great Xmas gift. I learned about it in an interview on the @cerysmatthews show if you want to listen to it.      source
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The Frayed Atlantic Edge
A Historian's Journey from Shetland to the Channel
David Gange - 2020-01-01
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An original snapshot of the beauty of the British Isles, as captured by a brand new voice in nature and travel writing. After two decades exploring the Western coast and mountains of the British Isles, the historian and nature writer David Gange set out to travel the seaboard in the course of a year. This coastline spans just eight-hundred miles as...
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@david_gange @WmCollinsBooks I really enjoyed this book. Well done.      source
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The Backyard Adventurer
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After years of adventuring around the globe – running, kayaking, hitchhiking, exploring – Beau Miles came back to his block in country Victoria. Staying put for the first time in years, Beau developed a new kind of lifestyle as the Backyard Adventurer. Whether it was walking 90km to work with no provisions, building a canoe paddle out of scavenged ...
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This book is about conscious experimentation with adventure, making meaning and inspiration out of tins of beans, bits of rubbish and elbow grease. Beau’s Backyard exploits are authentic, insightful and being copied all over the world by everyday people.      source
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Two Degrees West
An English Journey
Nicholas Crane - 2000-05-31 (first published in 1999)
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In 1494 the first prime meridian was drawn through the Azores islands by the crowns of Portugal and Castile under the terms of the Treaty of Tordesillas, as the two kingdoms wrangled over possession of the globe in the aftermath of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. This artificial division of the earth became a feature of the subsequent t...
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@tpuddle I love that book.      source
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A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson - 2016-04-21 (first published in 1993)
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Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze. A little old lady lives all by herself in her house but she's not happy - it's just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, greedy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When she pushes them all out again, she'll be amaze...
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@DuncanLamont2 @_simonlambert For a wise insight into this, I recommend reading A Squash and a Squeeze.      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2018-05-15 (first published in 2011)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
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@ThuesenMartin I love this book. I've read it as a book and listened on audio. I need to read it several more times to take it all in!      source
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The Moth and the Mountain
A True Story of Love, War, and Everest
Ed Caesar - 2020-11-17
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An extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve the wounds of war and save his own soul through an audacious adventure. In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Mount Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceives his own crazy, beautiful plan: he will fly a plane from ...
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@24Tom I loved this book by @edcaesar.      source
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Alone on the Wall
Alex Honnold - 2018-10-02 (first published in 2015)
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Including two new chapters on Alex Honnold’s free solo ascent of the iconic 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.On June 3rd, 2017, Alex Honnold became the first person to free solo Yosemite's El Capitan—to scale the wall without rope, a partner, or any protective gear—completing what was described as "the greatest feat of pure rock clim...
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@Craigus24 Thank you. I found @AlexHonnold's book far more thoughtful and relatable than I expected, so I'll enjoy this. Their respective films were particularly interesting by contrasting the pair of them.      source
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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Novel
Amor Towles - 2019-03-26 (first published in 2016)
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The mega-bestseller with more than 1.5 million readers that is soon to be a major television series He can't leave his hotel. You won't want to.From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed...
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@DecLawn @amortowles I enjoyed it as a fabulous audio book.      source
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A Journey on Foot
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@benkeene Thanks Ben. I enjoyed that book.      source
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The Camping Life
Brendan Leonard - 2021-03-02
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West with the Night by Beryl Markham
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Eunoia by Christian Bök
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