Our top ebook picks
- Wednesday 8 April 2020
While most shops are shut, ebooks are the perfect way to get your hands on as much reading material as you like without leaving your house! We’ve listed some of our favourites below to help you sit back and get inspired about all the adventuring you’ll do when social distancing is a thing of the past. These are available on Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play. Also check the website of your local library to see if they stock your next read!
For some help with home-schooling …
In Fantastic Female Adventurers, a beautifully illustrated collection of fourteen stories about women exploring the globe, Lily Dyu has created a book that will inspire children and adults alike. The first in a thrilling Young-Adult trilogy, Matt Dickinson’s The Everest Files follows eighteen-year-old Ryan as he becomes entangled in a world of adventure on the earth’s highest peak. In Ruth Eastham’s The Jaguar Trials (suitable for readers eight to twelve years) Ben’s only way of escaping the jungle and discovering the truth about the lost city of Gold is to complete a mysterious and life-threatening series of trials. A modern-day fantasy, Here be Dragons, the first in Sarah Mussi’s Snowdonia Chronicles, takes inspiration from the legend of King Arthur; an action-packed adventure readers eleven plus will love. For younger readers, Matt Dickinson’s Popcorn Eating Squirrels of the World Unite! is a non-stop adventure following four squirrels who get up to all sorts if mischief in search of their favourite food – popcorn. Don’t miss Rae’s brilliant reading of this title on our Inspiring Adventure podcast, with a new chapter uploaded each day.
For some armchair adventuring …
Edmund Hillary: A Biography is the long-awaited life story of the legendary mountaineer, written by his close friend and expedition companion Michael Gill. In a two-part biography, Doug Scott’s The Ogre takes a deep dive not only into the history of this formidable peak, but also Doug’s own dramatic descent, which saw him suffer two broken legs and Chris Bonington broken ribs. A classic of mountaineering literature, Joe Tasker’s Everest the Cruel Way is the account of his 1981 attempt to climb Everest via its infamous West Ridge without supplementary oxygen and in winter. The Shining Mountain is Peter Boardman’s honest, gripping and moving story of his and Joe Tasker’s attempt on the unclimbed West Wall of Changabang in 1976. Written in Boardman’s distinct style, it is an unmissable account from a remarkable mountaineer.
For planning your next outing …
As the title suggests, Andy Kirkpatrick’s 1001 Climbing Tips has everything you’ll need to master the mountains, based on three decades of climbing obsession. Widely regarded as one of the best crack climbers in the world, in Crack Climbing Pete Whittaker has harnessed all of his knowledge and expertise into a single point of reference for all the information you need regardless of the grade you climb.
For all your future trips …
Packed with beautiful photographs and plenty of insider tips, Helen and Paul Webster’s Scottish Island Bagging is the perfect guide to the magical islands of Scotland. For those of you missing getting out on two wheels, Dave Barter’s Great British Bike Rides brings together forty of the best rides in Scotland, England and Wales, featuring the UK’s most celebrated and scenic routes. (Also check out our brand-new edition of Traffic-Free Cycle Trails). Written by our very own Jon Barton, White Peak Mountain Biking contains twenty-four of the best routes the southern Peak District has to offer, suitable for riders of all abilities. Finally, if you want some inspiration to get out on your bike look no further than Dave Barter’s The Year, the incredible story of the cyclists who routinely cycled over a hundred miles a day in order to break and set the year record.
Running and Walking
For inspiring your next adventure …
There is no Map in Hell is the incredible story of Steve Birkinshaw’s 2014 attempt to run all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District, a feat which saw him break Joss Naylor’s 1986 record. In a very deep and personal book, Adventures in Mind is leading UK endurance athlete Heather Dawe’s examination of the sacrifice and determination adventure races demand.