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Thunder and Sunshine [Paperback]

Alastair Humphreys , Dan Hiscocks
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Book Description

1 Jun 2008
Alastair Humphreys left England in August 2001 to cycle round the world. After more than 1500 days and 46,000 miles spanning 5 continents and 60 countries, he arrived home having spent his student loans (which funded the entire trip). His journey, as well as a quest for adventure, helped to raise the profile of the charity Hope and Homes for Children . When scores of people have visited the Poles and £30,000 is needed to get up Everest, Alastair s expedition was refreshingly original. Alone on the road for four years, in countries few people visit, enduring an 85° C temperature range, Alastair survived on a total of just £7,000. This was an expedition of self-belief and optimism rather than satellite hook-ups and lucrative sponsorship. Thunder & Sunshine is the story of Alastair s journey from South Africa back to Yorkshire, via the whole of the Americas, South to North, then Siberia in winter, Japan, and back through China, Central Asia and Europe.

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Eye Books; First Edition edition (1 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903070546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903070543
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Humphreys conveys his loneliness, wanderlust, grit and despair in a manner reminiscent of the great tradition of British explorers. --The Guardian

An exceptional book of a real adventure written by a real adventurer. --Tom Kevill-Davies

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

An exceptional book of a real adventure written by a real adventurer. --Tom Kevill-Davies

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

About the Author

Alastair Humphreys, in addition to cycling round the world, has also competed in the Marathon des Sables, the 'toughest race on earth,' running 150 miles through the Sahara. Despite breaking his foot during the race he still finished as one of the top ten British runners. He rowed across the channel with Major Phil Packer to raise money for Help For Heroes, travels to Sierra Leone to support his main charity cause: Hope and Homes for Children.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Alastair's first book was great: ordinary Yorkshire lad toughens up in the crucible of Africa and triumphs. In his second and much better book, Alastair pushes himself even harder and becomes a Nietzschean superman, riding the Road of Bones in Siberia in winter in temperatures of minus 40 degrees. It's quite incredible how tough a man can become and still remain human, literate and sensitive, as Alastair does.

This book has it all, it's a great travel read, a look into the human soul and how most people, given enough determination, could attempt something like this and grow massively in the process. For bikers, it's something special, as he has some great insights and tips for world bike touring and camping. Of all the world cycling books, this one is most relevant and useful for anyone thinking of or planning an adventure like this.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I have read an awful lot of books about people making big long bike trips, and in my view this one is the best of the lot. It charts the second half of Alasdair Humphreys' round the world cycle trip and is a continuation of his first book, Moods of future joys. In this book he travels by boat from Cape town to Rio, and then by bus to very southern tip of the Americas. From there he cycles up the west coast of south America through to Columbia, where he then hops on a boat for a while, before continuing by bicycle up through the western seaboard of the States and Canada. Another boat trip, Alaska and he reaches the top of the Americas. All that in 161 pages. There is adventure, humour, thrills and spills throughout. Sometimes he cycles alone, sometimes with others, sometimes naked. The momentum never stops. This is so much more than a travelog. But if that wasnt enough he then gets another boat, crosses the icy depths of Siberia, Japan, China, the `stans' and back through Europe. The second half if anything is better than the first. I don't know if he was a writer before he set out, but he certainly was one by the time he got back. This is so much more than a story about a bloke from yorkshire on a bike. It is a journey of self discovery that you can share and learn from. Inspiring and entertaining at the same time.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a list of places passed through... 30 Jun 2008
Enjoyed the first book. Good that this follows on (although it stands alone as a book - you don't have to have read the first volume). It is easy to care for the writer, so its nice to find out what happened to him next.

Once again there is expression of emotion, confidence, doubt etc which is so much better than the boring travelogs of some, who mistakenly think just listing places visited is a story. I hope to read more from this author in the future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 8 Jan 2009
I'd say this is a must read book for the simple fact that it goes against the grain - no massive back up, expensive equipment or 'fastest, strongest, quickest' just a brilliant understated story. Buy it now!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first book! 12 Jan 2009
This book continues on from "Moods of Future Joys". I loved both books (read my review for the first book). Also, every person I have borrowed these books to, regardless of whether or not they were outdoorsy, adventurous or sporty themselves, loved them too!

If you want a pair of books to get you motivated to help achieve some of those big goals in your life, I'd thoroughly recommend "Moods of Future Joys" and "Thunder and Sunshine".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True adventure 27 Dec 2010
This book, Alistair's second volume of his travels by bicycle around the world, along with the first volume are simply outstanding. If you are serious about travelling the world by bicycle then they are mandatory reading. If you prefer the comfort of your sofa or armchair these books will still stir your imagination and curiosity for the world. They are superbly written and compelling reading. Simply brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written, exciting book 27 Nov 2009
A must for every bicycle lover involved in 1 to 100.000 miles trip around the block or around the world.
It's not a "technical" book but a kind of novel about touring alone, meeting other people and lifestyles.
Extremely well written but "friendly": I'm Italian and my English is not so good, but I've been able to understand 95% of the book without a dictionary!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring book 10 Jun 2008
I bought Alastair's first book and thought it was very good but this book is even better. I read it once then my Japanese partner took it back to Japan so I bought a second copy for myself and am reading it again. It is by far the best book about a cycling trip that has been written in my view and I've read and enjoyed most of Josie Dew's books and Anne Mustoe's books.
My two sons are about Alastair's age so I have bought them each a copy for their birthdays - I believe they will be inspired by it.
That's 4 copies!!! Well worth buying. I'm looking forward to Alastair's talk next week.
Mike Newton
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional read
Alistair's first book which took him from home, down through Africa was good. He is an honest down to earth author who tells it as it is. The good and the bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Great book. It gives a real insight into the adventure and Alastair is refreshingly honest about the rollercoaster of emotions that he experienced. A really inspirational story.
Published 1 month ago by Ciarán
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 great read too!
Bought Part 1 & 2 for my son. My son says that he found himself still reading at 2am, 'I'll just read another couple of pages' scenario. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Excellent sequel, more of the same good stuff. Really interesting perspective on cycling and travel writing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I like riding my bike, I like reading about others riding theirs, particularly in far away lands. This book is the perfect balance of everything that is right with a cycle touring... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Bew
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but there are better cycle books
i loved the Authors approach to cheap travel, but i found myself a little frustarated that it was too much about his emotions and not enough about the facts of the ride (just my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by embryo
5.0 out of 5 stars A.H. the Great
What an amazing book. I really like adventure Biographies and have read quite a few of them. This book by Alastair keeps up the interest all the way through and I like the way he... Read more
Published 3 months ago by david horn
5.0 out of 5 stars mind boggling
If i thought Etheopia was tough it was childs play compared to siberia. At least if alastair could survive Siberia then things like ,bankruptcy,rudeness, robbery, homelessness... Read more
Published 4 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow and thrice times wow
Been there, seen it done it as Alastair lives to tell the tail Better than vol 1 in the cycle.
Published 5 months ago by M. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and encouraging
Told in a very straightforward manner and didn't hide the gruelling parts of the journey. It's interesting to see the contrast between the thought processes of the author at the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Louise Trayner
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