Publication Date: 20/07/2023 ISBN: 9781787410169 Category:

Against the Odds

Alastair Humphreys, Magda Starowicz

Publisher: Templar Publishing
Publication Date: 20/07/2023 ISBN: 9781787410169 Category:


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Sometimes adventure, like life, doesn’t work out as you want it to. Even determined explorers make mistakes. Many of the greatest adventurers of all time have failed along the way…

Hand-picked by adventurer Alastair Humphreys, this compilation retells the extraordinary journeys undertaken by explorers who have tried, failed and succeeded against the odds. It features adventurers whose expeditions went desperately wrong, turning into struggles for survival. And adventurers who had to fight for their right to succeed in the face of discrimination or setbacks that threatened to squash their dreams. These are stories of self-belief, resilience, friendship, courage, determination and hope – against the odds.

Featuring explorers modern and ancient, from Zheng He to Joe Simpson, Jeanne Baret to Matthew Henson, these men and women ventured into space, oceans, deserts and jungles, and may inspire you to do the same.

“We often hold a very narrow ideas of what ‘success’ means. We think that if we don’t reach a certain outcome, then we’ve failed and wasted our time. But in this book, you are going to read of changed plans leading to greater happiness, of personal disaster opening the door to wonderful experiences, of lessons learned from compromising, and even occasions when mere survival is triumph enough.” – Alastair Humphreys

Publisher Review

This lively, illustrated guide to 20 of the world's most impressive explorers, past and present, is a joyful read for those aged seven and up. * National Geographic Traveller * A Book about adventurers that seems like an adventure to read. A lovely mix of illustration styles and exciting comic strips that made me hungry to turn the page. * Teach Primary * It's easy to see why it made the Education Awards shortlist. * Writers Know How *

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