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Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World

by Leigh Ann Henion

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things and Eat, Pray, Love

“What a cool and fascinating ride. Leigh Ann Henion has tackled one of the great questions of contemporary, intelligent, adventurous...


Statement

by Ed Douglas

On 14 June 1990, at Raven Tor in the Derbyshire Peak District, twenty-four-year-old Ben Moon squeezed his feet into a pair of rock shoes, tied in to his rope, chalked his fingers and pulled on to the wickedly...


Ten Million Aliens: A Journey Through the Entire Animal Kingdom

by Simon Barnes

This fascinating scientific foray into the animal kingdom examines how the world’s creatures—weird, wonderful, and everything in between—are inextricably linked.

Life on planet earth is not weirder than...


The Old Man and the Sea: A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft

by Anthony Smith

Octogenarian Anthony Smith's journey was originally inspired by both the Kontiki Expedition of Thor Heyerdahl (who he knew) and the incredible story of the survivors of a 1940 boat disaster, who spent 70 days...


Sea Fever: The True Adventures that Inspired our Greatest Maritime Authors, from Conrad to Masefield, Melville and Hemingway

by Sam Jefferson

How did a big-game fishing trip rudely interrupted by sharks inspire one of the key scenes in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea? How did Robert Louis Stevenson's cruise to the cannibal-infested South Sea islands...


The 'Driver' of Change

by Lance Brown

Lance Brown knows firsthand the opportunities available to those who are willing to work hard and challenge themselves to attain a goal—to make a dream come true. There is no easy road to success but many...


The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner

by Tim Flannery

The Thrilling True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Sailor’s Extraordinary Voyages

The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner is a recently rediscovered text that vividly renders the unforgettable story of...


The Climbing Chronicles

by Harry Parker & John Parker

The Climbing Chronicles record the 1940s climbing exploits of Harry Parker. Born in Blackburn on 29 February 1916, Harry started climbing before the war and continued to do so after its conclusion, exploring...


The Sea Mark: Captain John Smith's Voyage to New England

by Russell M. Lawson

The first complete narrative history of Captain John Smith’s exploration of the New England coast


The Lonely Sea and the Sky

by Sir Francis Chichester

The complete autobiography of the great adventurer Sir Francis Chichester, the first and fastest man to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe

Aged 18 and with a taste for adventure, Francis Chichester emigrated...


Go For It :  Volunteering Adventures on Roads Less Travelled

by Alastair G Henry & Candas F Whitlock

"GO FOR IT" is a memoir about Alastair and Candas: two retired Boomers who wanted to help make a difference in the world. They met one day by chance, fell in love, and with a shared passion to improve the lives...


Naked and Marooned: One Man. One Island.

by Ed Stafford

What do you do after you walk the Amazon?

 

Ed Stafford—adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness World Record holder for walking the length of the Amazon River—likes a challenge. Casting about for an adventure...


Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans

by Adam Rackley

A riveting first-person account and history of rowers who have attempted to navigate across the Atlantic

More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic. For more than seventy days,...


Mercator

by Nicholas Crane

An enthralling biography of the man who created the first real map of the world and changed civilization

Born at the dawn of the age of discovery, Gerhard Mercator lived in an era of formidable intellectual and...


Against All Odds

by R.A. Lang

Against All Odds takes you on a worldwide adventure filled with unexpected events, impossible and sometimes life-threatening situations including romance, tragedy, being shot at, ambushed, voodoo, cholera, Venezuelan...


Lesley Blanch: Inner Landscapes, Wilder Shores

by Anne Boston

Blanch, writer, artist and adventuress, followed her own compass in everything she did. She called herself a romantic traveller; her appetite for the exotic colours all her books. The first, The Wilder Shores...


Barbed Wire and Lace: What makes an Australian

by Amanda Louise Hoffman

What makes and Australian is the adventures of a young girl growing up in the Australian rugged terrain with parents who were pioneers in the Cooma, Mount Kosciusko region. From catching wild brumbies in the...


Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer

by Alastair Panton & Victoria Panton Bacon

Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer is a vivid and lyrical memoir of life as an RAF reconnaissance pilot in France during the hellish summer of 1940. It brings to life the fear, loneliness and pain that Alastair Panton...


Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of the Birds of America

by William Souder

John James Audubon is renowned for his masterpiece of natural history and art, The Birds of America, the first nearly comprehensive survey of the continent’s birdlife. And yet few people understand, and many...


Barren Grounds: The Story of the Tragic Moffatt Canoe Trip

by Skip Pessl

A journey to the Barren Lands of Arctic Canada becomes a race against time