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 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, 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.
Books by Alastair Humphreys
The Girl Who Rowed the Ocean
by Alastair Humphreys
Schoolgirl Lucy wants a real adventure and decides to row across the Atlantic. She has wonderful experiences (shooting stars, dolphins, sea turtles, whales, storm petrels, bioluminescence), and terrifying ones (storms, gigantic cargo ships). She learns to assess risk, and that even when she cannot control the situation she can choose how to react. This is an inspiring book about what we can achieve if we take that crucial step that commits us to turn a dream into reality, and how even a distant goal can be reached by chipping away at it little by little. The novel is interspersed with pieces of homework written by Lucy’s classmates, who follow her journey and do research on the ocean. The fact that the author has actually rowed across the Atlantic makes for a realistic and engaging story.
by Alastair Humphreys
Great Adventurers is a lovely book for children by the British adventurer Alastair Humphreys. This book has been reviewed for us by Alex, who is 12 years old.
Interviews with Alastair Humphreys
The Best Books by Adventurers, recommended by Alastair Humphreys
One morning in early June, Laurie Lee said goodbye to his mum at the garden gate and went off on an adventure. Is now the moment for you to do the same? Bestselling author and adventurer Alastair Humphreys recommends five books written by adventurers that can’t fail but inspire you to ‘go simple, go solo, go now.’