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AuthorAlastair Humphreys
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTemplar Publishing
Publication Date01 Sep 2018
Book DescriptionHand-selected by Alastair Humphreys, read about the incredible journeys undertaken by twenty of the most heroic and impressive explorers who ever lived, including Ibn Battuta (14th-century explorer); Apsley Cherry-Garrard (a member of Scott's Antarctic expedition); Michael Collins (Apollo Moon mission astronaut) and Nellie Bly (who travelled round the world in less than 80 days). A wide-spread selection of explorers from young to old, male to female and with a range of abilities, these explorers crossed land, sea and sky in the name of adventure and may just inspire readers aged 7+ to do the same. Alastair Humphreys was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012 for his work on the concept of microadventures.
Editorial ReviewThis fantastic book tells the tales of 20 daring explorers who've shaped how we see the world through their daring escapades. Beautifully illustrated by Kevin Ward and with accompanying comics, it's jam-packed with facts that'll amaze and astound you. From Jacques Piccard's extreme deep-sea expeditions to Amelia Earhart's nerveracking flight across the Atlantic, these stories show how anything is possible if you put your mind to it. * National Geographic Kids * "We all need heores, however young or old we are." Alastair Humphreys is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and his heroes make an eclectic mix - from Amelia Earhart to Wilfred Thesiger, including a number you might not have heard of. Fascinating. * Angels and Urchins * One of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year, Alastair Humphreys has taken time out from his roving adventures to select some of the incredible journeys undertaken by 20 of the world's greatest explorers. With inspiring tales from adventurers including Dervla Murphy and Laurie Lee, Great Adventures: The Incredible Expeditions of 20 Explorers, is the sort of book you buy for your kids and keep for yourself. Illustrated by Kevin Ward, this pictorial showcase of derring-do is aimed at kids aged seven and over but its cartoon strips, maps and charts are so charming and uncomplicated that it could happily bring a splash of colour to most coffee tables. Leaf through the world's 'worst journey' (Scott's Antarctic expedition), admire maps charting the flights of pioneering female aviators Amelia Earhart and Beryl Markham, and swot up on the inspiring world tour undertaken by wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen. * Nat Geo Traveller * Did you know that when Dervla Murphy was 30, she set off on her simple, not-at-all-fancy bicycle and cycled from Dunkirk to Delhi? Or that she once crossed a river when the bridge had broken by holding onto a cow? What about prolific traveller Ibn Battuta, who left Morocco on a donkey aged 21 and didn't come home for 30 years? This is an inspiring introduction to 20 adventurers and explorers from the last 700 years, all of whom inspired the author to go adventuring himself, including four years of cycling around the world. Each adventurer's story is illustrated over two double-page spreads, featuring maps, stats, recipes, mini comics, kit lists, to-do lists and diary entries that are fascinating practical insights into the daily life of an adventurer. Reminding us that you do not need to be extraordinary or a genius to go on an adventure - you simply have to go - this book will encourage readers to live more adventurously, think a little more boldly and go a little further themselves * BookTrust *
About the AuthorAlastair Humphreys is an adventurer and author. After training as a teacher, he spent four years cycling round the world, a journey of 46k miles through 60 countries and five continents. Sir Ranulph Fiennes called it, 'the first great adventure of the millenium'. Alastair has also walked across India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, rowed to France, run six marathons through the Sahara Desert, crossed Iceland by foot and packraft. He has recently become the pioneer of 'microadventures', a movement encouraging people to seek out short, local adventures.
Number of Pages96