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Bookshelf: Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

A book for the child explorer in all of us, Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventures brings inspiring tales to your coffee table

Bookshelf: Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

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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.

Great Adventures: The Incredible Expeditions of 20 Explorers by Alastair Humphreys is published by Big Picture Press, RRP: £16.99

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Slow Travel: Cheshire
This first-ever pan-county guide champions Cheshire beyond its picture-postcard black-and-white timbered buildings. RRP: £12.99 (Bradt: Slow Travel)

Literary Landscapes
From Hardy’s Wessex to Du Maurier’s Cornwall, Huck Finn’s Mississippi to the moors of Wuthering Heights, as well as recent bestsellers rooted in location and terrain. RRP: £25 (Hachette)

The 500 Hidden Secrets of San Francisco
The latest in this insider series uncovers San Fran’s lesser-known corners; a pretty, pleasingly curated guidebook. RRP: £13.95 (ACC Distributions)

Published in the October 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)