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Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike - Part 1 [Paperback]

Alastair Humphreys , Dan Hiscocks
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Book Description

26 Nov 2007
Mood of Future Joys follows Alastair on the first leg of his epic journey around the world, starting in Yorkshire, then going down through Europe and travelling the whole length of Africa, including Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. The book conveys his journey in a style that is 'reminiscent of the great tradition of the British explorers' (The Guardian). At times uplifting, at times brutal, he faces loneliness, despair and harsh conditions, but his experience is ultimately one of joy and triumph.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Eye Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903070562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903070567
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer, Author and Blogger. He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents.
More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, run 6 marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and is currently training for a return journey to the South Pole.
He is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.
Alastair has written 5 books.

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The first great adventure of the new millennium. --Sir Ranulph Fiennes

This book is a literary match to his physical achievement. --Geographical

This book is a literary match to his physical achievement. --Geographical

From the Author

I thought riding round the world was tough.
But the riding was easy compared to the writing! It took me four years to
pedal, and a whole year of peddling, with rejections galore from
To actually have this book up and running is an achievement I am proud of
and I hope this will be the first book of many adventures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By W. May
I bought this book after hearing Alastair Humphreys give a talk on his adventures, when I was awestruck by his courage, fortitude and zest for life. The book gives a real insight into what ordinary people he met on his journey were like. We all have images of war torn nations and terrorism thrown at us on a daily basis - but this book serves to remind that there are a great many more kind and hospitable people in the world. I can only imagine what reception an unwashed youth on a bike might get if he knocked on the average door in the UK seeking food and shelter - but he found many people happy to welcome him, which I found inspiring. I am going to share this book with all my nephews and nieces - in the hope they they will realise that there are adventures to be had, if you're willing to get off the couch and seize the moment. Well written, and enthusiastically read. I hope he's busy writing the next instalment, because I'm eager to read it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it. 24 Oct 2006
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A mix of humour, sharp observation, philosophy and very English self deprecation. Humphreys' style is original, pithy and informative. I look forward to hearing much more from this unique voice.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story, a unique book 12 Dec 2006
Alastair was on the road for over 4 years on less than 4 quid a day. Just those facts are amazing enough but I find the whole story quite incredible and in this book he tells you how he did it - meaning how he coped with it mentally and grew from the experience. That's far more important knowledge than the nuts and bolts of travel in my opinion, and he has a rare honesty and the smarts to figure out how he could make it to the end, and the ability to write it down for our benefit afterwards.

This is gritty travel, not as tourism, but to gain insights into the world, into himself, into life itself. It's powerful stuff and I can't wait for the next part of the story to be published.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I have only rated 5 stars because 10 stars is not an option. The indelible impression left after reading Alastair's amazing adventure predominantly across Africa is that it wasn't about the bike (Lance Armstrong) - although more than one Rita does evidence itself! This is raw adventure straight out of Indiana Jones and the escapades through Africa had me on the edge of my seat. No stranger to long distance bike rides myself, (cycling across Canada, Scandinavia and around New Zealand), the sheer audacity and tenacity in keeping going is breath taking. Lugging in excess of 100 pounds of bike and baggage across mountains in itself is bloody hard work, but factor in the heat and sand of the desert, the irregularity and unpredictability of food supplies and water and this is one heck of a feet. There are instances of very real and present danger that most people would buckle under and quit - not Alastair. The writing style is completely non-pretentious, easily accessible and engaging - Alastair comes across as one of the most authentic people I have read about. The complexity of the dynamics of the whole African situation in terms of poverty and the benefits of foreign aid is graphically illustrated and really got me thinking. This book ought to be standard text in the National Curriculum as a beacon of good character, great conduct and outstanding personal achievement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 25 April 2010
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Just finished reading this and Part 2. Both are a great read. You are with Alistair every pedal stroke of his journey. He is honest about his feelings and experiences, which makes both books very, very readable. You are there with Alistair for each and every one of his 46,000 miles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moods of Future Joys: Part 1 15 Feb 2010
Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike - Part 1
You don't always get what you want for Christmas, so I logged on to Amazon with the intention of buying Mark Beaumont's "The Man Who Cycled the World." With the book finally at my fingertip I was steered to the work of Alastair Humphreys by a fellow reviewer and bought this book instead. Do I regret this decision? I will not know until I catch up with Mark. Did I enjoy Moods of Future Joys? Yes. Humphrey's descriptions of the lands he passes through and the people he meets are what this book is all about and the book is entertaining and informative, but never boring (unlike parts of his journey). Towards the end of the book his sense of humour is more apparent as he becomes comfortable with his writing talent. I hope this is continued from the start of his second book "Sunshine and Thunder." As a cyclist I would have liked a bit more information about the actual cycling. How did he obtain Sponsorship from Specialized? What bike did he choose and why? How do tyres cope with thorny bushland? How did his bottom cope without padded shorts? Cyclists like to know these things. Like a bike ride, this book took me on a route I hadn't set out to follow, but just like a bike ride I am better for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite read of 2008 8 Dec 2008
By F. Meek
An utterly fantastic and compelling read. I have nothing but admiration and respect for Alastair, to take on such a monumental challenge is impressive enough but to then document the ride in such detail is just amazing. This is a well-written book, as is the second book, and they both deserve places on every cyclists bookshelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget travel at its best! 16 Jan 2008
Alastair Humphreys spends four years cycling around the world... not just around, but London to South Africa via the middle east, the bottom tip of South America to Alaska, then, Russia, Japan, and through Central Asia and Europe before returning home.

The only detail missing in this book is "Why?" Although, I'm not sure even Alastair knows! The first book details the London to South Africa leg, with a large portion dedicated to various African nations. Alastair's writing, slightly patchy in early chapters, finds a rhythm by the second half of the book. There is plenty of detail on his see-sawing emotions, daily routines, strict budgeting, encounters with the locals and many humorous anecdotes. Alastair kept a diary throughout his journey and the level of detail is wonderful as a result.

The question of African poverty becomes more confusing as Alastair travels through Ethiopia and sees some of the negative aspects of aid and charity.

He saved 7000 pounds to undertake this journey and lived extremely cheaply. It is inspiring stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for my bike trip around the world
This was the book (along with Part 2) that started my dreaming about cycling around the world, which I have now done. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
In our book club we sometimes try to read a book out of our usual comfort zone. I suggested this book. It was recommended by a chap I talked to on a train. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gread Read
Bought Part 1 & 2 for my son. He's finished Part 1 and part way through Part 2. Found himself still reading at 2am, couldn't put it down and said it was a great read.
Published 2 months ago by R Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars a great adventure.
I'm pleased I've read Alastairs book but just wish he had put as much love and enthusiasm into writing about every country he past though as he did the African ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing journey
Well written. Managed to get the balance of enough detail but keeping the interest high. It cannot have been easy to distil 4 years of constant travel into two books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. K. Prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and inspiring
I loved this book, and the follow up. To me it just makes you realize that the only thing stoping you from doing things is yourself. Would highly recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Matt
3.0 out of 5 stars Massive respect but not the best adventure writing you'll ever...
Huge respect to Mr Humphries. I have ridden 1/3 of the distance he did and it affected me profoundly - so to knock off circa 45,000 miles on what was akin to bread and jam I take... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Honest, funny, gripping and very interesting! I love the simplicity of Alastair's approach to the adventure. I very well written book!
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Michael Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and enjoyable read
1st part of Alastair's book telling of his journey around the world. I really enjoyed this, however if travelogues are not your thing then don't bother. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A Genealogist
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting to pack up and go!
Thanks to Alastair I now have an annoying niggle of wanting to pack up my bags and head off into the world. Read more
Published 10 months ago by HirSet
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