- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: William Collins (24 Mar. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008129347
- ISBN-13: 978-0008129347
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grand Adventures Paperback – 24 Mar 2016
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Praise for Alastair Humphreys:
‘Enthusiastic, pleasingly madcap’ Geographical
‘Enormous determination, lateral thinking, and a love for life and adventure’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes
‘I feel proud that our nation still produces nutters like you’ Major General G J Binns CBE DSO MC
About the Author
Alastair Humphreys is a British adventurer, author, blogger, film-maker and photographer. He spent over four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and across five continents. More recently, Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six 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 trekked 1,000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 motorway – one of his pioneering microadventures. He has written nine books and has been named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've read all of Alastair's adult books and loved all of them. Every one has been inspiring in its own way, but it's his 'Microadventures' and 'Grand Adventures' books, and his excellent blog that have had the biggest impact on my life.
I fully admit to being a microadventure addict now, and I've already started saving for a grand adventure. My friends and I have had many nights out wild camping, bivvying, hammocking, adventuring, and exploring this year and we have plans for bigger and better adventures in the future. All inspired by Alastair's own adventures as showcased in his books.
'Grand Adventures' is very readable and chocked full of beautiful and inspiring photos and writing just as 'Microadventures' was, and this book is a natural progression from the earlier one. Both make for great coffee table books and conversation starters. Its obvious that a lot of hard work and effort went in to both of them, and they're real adventure starters!
On behalf of my tribe and I, thank you Alastair!
Absolutely amazing! Thankyou so much!
However, I'm not giving it a five star for two reasons. Firstly, having been an avid reader of Alastair's blog for many years I was a bit disappointed to see that his interviews with fellow adventurers (that I'd already read on the blog) made up a reasonable portion of the book. Secondly, I thought I was getting a book that would be a bit more about how to do these things. This book is more about convincing you to commit to doing them.
So, if you're jaded from 21st century life and feel there is more to the world and you need to be convinced to go on an adventure then buy this book! If, however, you are already convinced to go on an adventure and are quite knowledgable, then buy this book and enjoy the photography and the quotes from various extraordinary people.
(Sorry for blemishing your record, Al)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book i reccomend for anybody wondering about adventures. Or wanting to plan their own!Published 1 month ago by Chris
Fantastic book - full of excellent ideas - enough to make you want to go on
A big adventure
Really enjoyed this book, have wanted to go on another adventure and this book really inspires the armchair adventurer in me to leave the armchair and start saving for something... Read morePublished 3 months ago by joseph rookes
Inspiring book makes you want to pack your bags and hit the high roadPublished 5 months ago by Adrian Bird
This book was really useful when it came to helping me plan for my own trip! Couldn't recommend it enough!Published 5 months ago by Archie Trower
Once again Alastair Humphreys has achieved success in inspiring me. I started with Micro adventures which was excellent and this book has inspired me to dream a little bigger. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris