Following his trek along the length of the Nile River, explorer Levison Wood takes on his greatest challenge yet-navigating the treacherous foothills of the Himalayas, the world's highest mountain
Praised by Bear Grylls, Levison Wood has been called "the toughest man on TV" (The Times UK). Now, following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison recounts the beauty and danger
he found along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan, the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, the disputed territories of Kashmir and the earth-quake ravaged lands of Nepal. Over the course of
six months, Wood and his trusted guides trek 1,700 gruelling miles across the roof of the world.
Packed with action and emotion, Walking the Himalayas is the story of one intrepid man's travels in a world poised on the edge of tremendous change.
The desire to explore unfamiliar places is pure and admirable, and Wood is a likable guide. —Kirkus Reviews
Another harrowing yet illuminating story of perseverance. —Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review
He is the real deal: a former paratrooper, a major in the army reserves and as hard as nails. —Telegraph (UK)
Wood skillfully intersperses cultural, political, religious and historical information about the region he trekked through with beautiful, detailed descriptions of the people and countryside. Despite private audiences with the Dalai Lama, a swami, and a cannibal, all of whom gave him important advice, the most significant revelations come as Wood stands at the end of his quest. —Lee E. Cart, Shelf Awareness
Mr. Wood's interest, as well as his talents as a writer, lie not so much in describing the vast, shifting landscapes of east and north Africa but in finding out "what life was like in corners of the world that do not always make it into our headlines" and in capturing the character and foibles of the people who inhabit them. —
Wood has a good eye for detail and a better ear for dialogue, whether it is to capture the menace of orders from secret police, the size of a young Mundari tribesman in Sudan, or the encouragement of the friends who join him at various stages of the long march. —Anthony Sattin, Wall Street Journal
Lev's been amiable and self-effacing throughout this 4,000-mile challenge... Channel 4, you may have found a new wandering star. —Radio Times
What started as a travelogue is fast turning into a fascinating and tense documentary. —Daily Star (Five Star Review)
A series as real and raw as the landscape. —The Times (London)
In the macho, adrenaline-fueled arena of TV adventurers, Levison Wood is that rare beast: the real deal. —Radio Times (UK)
Wood's skills as a travel writer have not diminished and his descriptions of the terrain and cultures he encounters are vivid. As in the previous book, his character sketches of his local guides are sharply drawn and memorable. —J. Kemper Campbell MD, Lincoln Journal Star
“Britain’s best-loved adventurer…He looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint.” —Times (London)
Britain's best-loved adventurer....he looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint. —Times (UK)
Exhilarating....During his trek, he encounters horse-mounted Kyrgyz nomads, breaks his arm in a car wreck, climbs a few mountains and meets the Dalai Lama. Oh, just typical stuff. [Wood's] an amiable companion. A former British army officer, a veteran of engagements in Afghanistan, he's just the kind of guy you want with you on an adventure. —Timothy R. Smith, The Washington Post
“[A] harrowing yet illuminating story of perseverance.” —Amazon.com
“Exhilarating….During his trek, he encounters horse-mounted Kyrgyz nomads, breaks his arm in a car wreck, climbs a few mountains, and meets the Dalai Lama. Oh, just typical stuff. [Wood is] an amiable companion. A former British army officer, a veteran of engagements in Afghanistan, he’s just the kind of guy you want with you on an adventure.” —Washington Post
“[With] Wood’s skills as a travel writer.. his descriptions of the terrain and cultures he encounters are vivid. As in the previous book, his character sketches of his local guides are sharply drawn and memorable.” —Lincoln Journal Star
“Wood skillfully intersperses cultural, political, religious, and historical information…with beautiful, detailed descriptions of the people and countryside. Despite private audiences with the Dalai Lama, a swami, and a cannibal, all of whom gave him important advice, the most significant revelations come as Wood stands at the end of his quest.” —Shelf Awareness
“The desire to explore unfamiliar places is pure and admirable, and Wood is a likable guide.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Wood’s British-accented narration is evocative in his descriptions of challenging political circumstances, cross-cultural friendships and misunderstandings, and, of course, the dramatic Himalayan scenery. His portrayal of his life at home in London provides an interesting contrast to the rarefied life of extended, physically demanding trips to distant corners of the planet. Wood’s narration conveys the joy and pain of the high and low points of his journey, and the listener can sense his strength and determination in his confident yet humble tone.” —AudioFile
Levison Wood is a writer, photographer, and explorer. He is the author of several books, including Walking the Americas, which won the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure
Travel Book of the Year Award. He served in the British Army Parachute Regiment and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an international fellow of the Explorers Club. His work has
been featured in publications around the world, including National Geographic and Discovery Channel Magazine and on CNN, Channel 4, and the BBC.
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