Great Adventurers


‘Great Adventurers‘ are twenty intrepid explorers and survivors selected by Alastair Humphreys as motivational forces. From pioneering aviatrix Beryl Markham to the teenage Native American who led Lewis and Clark’s expedition across America; his range and considerations are vast!

Each of the twenty is introduced before their gripping experience and legacy expanded upon. Kevin Ward’s anecdotal illustrations add to the authenticity and strength to each story.

Great Adventurers is a fascinating collection. There are people selected who are new to me, or whose stories I knew a little of only. Alastair Humphreys’ selections are indeed inspiring, and sometimes rather scary too!

Great Adventurers is an ideal book for home or school. It is one that children and families are likely to turn to for repeated reading, sharing, comparison and reference.

Winner of the Ordnance Survey Children’s Travel Book

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Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

The incredible expeditions of 20 explorers

Alistair Humphreys, illustrated by Kevin Ward

(Big Picture Press)

 Great Adventurers is adventurer Alastair Humphreys‘ selection of twenty trailblazing explorers and inspirations. We travel from the Antarctic to Alice Springs, a WWII prisoner-of-war camp to the Alaskan coastline, following the  Great Adventurers.
What is most surprising about the subjects of this book is the comparative youth and inexperience of many. While we consider the need to prepare as an SAS adventurer, what of someone like Dervla Murphy? She was the bicyclist who cycled on an ordinary cycle, from Dunkirk to Delhi! We draw breath alongside Amelia Earhartt as she flies across the Atlantic. Meanwhile, we gasp as we read about Ibn Battuta who left Morocco aged 21, only to return…. thirty years later!
Then again, we are reminded of the heroism of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, about whom we learned when reading of Scott’s ill-fated expedition to Antarctica. Despite near blindness, his goodwill and indomitability, endeared him to Captain Scott. He played more than a small part in that expedition. Then again, this superb selection of tremendous courage inspires and informs. Altogether, Bookwagon suggests that this title is an essential book.



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