Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year

WINNER:
Kings of The Yukon: A River Journey in Search of the Chinook by Adam Weymouth

The Yukon River is almost 2,000 miles long, flowing through Canada and Alaska to the Bering Sea. Setting out to explore one of the most ruggedly beautiful and remote regions of North America, Adam Weymouth journeyed by canoe on a four-month odyssey through this untrammelled wilderness, encountering the people who have lived there for generations. The Yukon's inhabitants have long depended on the king salmon who each year migrate the entire river to reach their spawning grounds. Now the salmon numbers have dwindled, and the encroachment of the modern world has changed the way of life on the Yukon, perhaps for ever. 

  Weymouth's searing portraits of these people and landscapes offer an elegiac glimpse of a disappearing world. Kings of the Yukon is an extraordinary adventure, told by a powerful new voice. 

Adam Weymouth's work has been published by outlets including the Guardian, the Atlantic and the New Internationalist. His interest in the relationship between humans and the world around them has led him to write on issues of climate change and environmentalism, and most recently, to the Yukon and the stories of the communities living on its banks. He lives on a 100-year-old Dutch barge on the River Lea in London. This is his first book. 

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SHORTLIST:
Arabia: A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East  by Levison Wood

Arabia is a historical, religious and spiritual journey, through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on Earth. Charismatic, honest, and frequently poignant, Wood challenges the perceptions of an often-misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories left untold by the western media. 

Levison Wood is an award-winning author, explorer and photographer who specialises in documenting people and cultures in remote regions and post-conflict zones. His work has taken him around the world leading expeditions on five continents and he is an elected fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. 
 Levison's second book, Walking the Himalayas, was voted Adventure Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards and his other books, Walking the Nile and Walking the Americas, were both Sunday Times bestsellers. He has presented several critically acclaimed documentaries including From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier where he re-traced part of his Silk Road adventures in a four-part series for Channel 4. 

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Around the World in 80 Days: My World Record Breaking Adventure by Mark Beaumont
Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy by Ishbel Holmes

Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy is the inspiring true story of Ishbel Holmes, who set out to escape a troubled background of foster care and homelessness by cycling the world, but whose journey took an unexpected turn when she rescued a street dog in Turkey. It was the start of an incredible companionship.

 

Ishbel Rose Holmes, a.k.a. World Bike Girl, is a British-Iranian adventurer who is scared of spiders. In 2014, she set off to bicycle the world and has so far pedalled across 16 countries in Europe and South America. She cycles with a dog trailer that she uses to help injured cats and dogs get medical care and find homes. Before cycling the world, Ishbel was a velodrome sprinter for the Iranian National Women's Team, and she has also road raced extensively in the United Kingdom. Ishbel is devoted to the social, environmental, and health benefits of cycling. She gives talks all over the world about her adventures and street dogs, and is a motivational speaker, promoting the positive effects of adventure and the great outdoors on mental health and quality of life. Ishbel is an avid wearer of socks with sandals – much to the dismay of her friends. 

The Secret Surfer by Iain Gately 

Recovering from a hip replacement operation, and suffering from a mid-life crisis, Iain Gately sets out to realise a lifetime’s ambition: to catch a tube, that evanescent space inside the unfolding wave, of which the surfer’s dreams are made. His quest takes him to the Atlantic beaches of England's West Country, and to the sandbars and reefs of Galicia and the Canary Island.

Iain Gately is a critically acclaimed author who has explored history, culture, and festivals in his prior books, which include the stories of humanity’s obsessions with tobacco, alcohol, and commuting.  He lives and surfs in Dorset.

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On the 18th September 2017, Mark Beaumont made history, setting a new world record for cycling around the world in under 80 Days. This is the story of Mark’s epic adventure, a remarkable feat of human endurance. 

 

Mark Beaumont grew up in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, where his parents ran an organic smallholding. When he was twelve, he cycled across Scotland from Dundee to Oban, then a few years later, while still at school, completed the 1,000 mile solo ride across Britain from John O'Groats to Land's End. His next long-distance ride took him the length of Italy from Sicily to the Alps, a journey of 1,336 miles, helping to raise £50,000 for charity. After graduating from Glasgow University, and having also qualified as a professional ski instructor, he decided against a conventional career and devoted himself full-time to raising money for his endurance adventures. 

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Up: My Life's Journey to the Top of Everest by Ben & Marina Fogle

Part memoir, part thrilling adventure, this is a beautiful account of Ben Fogle’s life-or-death expedition to climb Mount Everest for the British Red Cross in April 2018. Dedicated to their son, William Fogle, stillborn at eight months, this journey was the ultimate promise to live brightly, embrace every day and to rise from the depths of grief to something inspirational.

 Ben Fogle is a broadcaster and traveller. A modern-day nomad and journeyman, he has travelled to more than 100 countries and accomplished amazing feats from swimming with crocodiles to rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean; from crossing Antarctica on foot to surviving a year as a castaway on a remote Hebridean island. Ben is the adventurer next door, an everyday guy who hopes to inspire the ordinary to purse the extraordinary. He is the UN Patron of the Wilderness. 

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