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 The Best Books by Adventurers recommended by Alastair Humphreys

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, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, busked through Spain and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25—one of his pioneering microadventures. He was named as one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year for 2012.

The best books on Victorian Adventures
(though the selections may seem to stray) recommended by Stephen Evans

The Best Travel Books recommended by Paul Theroux

The best books on India, Ancient and Modern
recommended by William Dalrymple

The award-winning writer selects five books on India and says that the Mahabharata, eight times the length of the Bible, is one of the great works of literature of mankind - and every bit as good as it's made out to be.


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  1. marion ds dreyfus on June 28, 2019 8:14 pm

    It’s not a walking adventure, quite, but it is a seeing adventure.
    For parents of young kids, or couples, or solo visitors, there is a wealth of adventure in the American Museum of Natural History, now showcasing a brilliant (in light and color as well as narrative excellence) documentary.

    My new tweet says it:
    Twitter @dreyfus_marion

    Breathtaking and spectacular #photography+narration [Kate Winslet], definitively a joyous zoology doc good for old or young (how many docs or movies can say THAT?), the film showing @the #AmerMuseum of #NatlHistory is OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET Swims you around the seas.Go see it to sigh, smile, grin.

    Take any kidlets to share the delights.

    The show on T.rex is also magnificent, especially if you can hook up with tour person Perry, who enlivens all the dioramas, movie clips, facsimiles and real specimens, on floor 4. Amazing riches to be had in studying these fantastical sadly extinct mega-faunae.

    Children are always particularly partial to these big, amazing, powerful creatures, likely because they stimulate a sense of possibility and power; and because they are no longer around to actually put the fear of Hades into any of the little ones.

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