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Solo: the North Pole : Alone and Unsupported
on 15 June 2005
Fantastic book. Gripping from the start. I had no idea how much goes into planning such an expedition, or come to that, any other expedition. Of course we all know the outcome (thanks to the press coverage) but it does not detract from the story at all. We know he survives, but his journey was incredible and simply amazing. I heard Pen Hadow shortly after I read his book on Desert Island Discs and was quite captivated by him, his family history, his ambition and his drive - not least his ability to inspire. He has amazing energy and tremendous presence in that voice. The book and the radio inspired me to get in touch as I needed a speaker for a team-building event I was planning. After a bit of haggling (over dates, not price) we fixed a date and he came down to share a session with our team. The team was captivated by him. He's a brilliant speaker; naturally fluid, funny, charming and disarming in his way. He's also (it has to be said) quite easy on the eye! No wonder the press labelled him the "housewives hunk" - silly but I can see why. The team went away after that event absolutely full of motivation, admiration and a sense of having spent some time with someone quite remarkable. I got all the credit of course, and I have been asked to fix up another session with a more senior group of execs than the last lot! As for the book, we gave a copy to each of the participants at the event so they had a thorough knowledge of the man who would lead them during their session. Pen even took the time to sign all their books after he'd finished and the team felt quite "built". I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants a gripping read you can't put down. I know he went to the South Pole afterwards with someone who was the oldest person to walk there, and I hope he'll write a book about that too. I for one will be on the waiting list.