Paperback: 250 pages

Publisher: Eye Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 Feb. 2014)

ISBN-13: 978-1903070857

Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm

Moods of Future Joys

Alastair Humphreys

£7.99

This book conveys the author's journey in a style that is ‘reminiscent of the great tradition of the British explorers’ (The Guardian).

Mood of Future Joys follows Alastair on the first leg of his epic journey around the world, starting in Yorkshire, then going down through Europe and travelling the whole length of Africa, including Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. The book conveys his journey in a style that is ‘reminiscent of the great tradition of the British explorers’ (The Guardian). At times uplifting, at times brutal, he faces loneliness, despair and harsh conditions, but his experience is ultimately one of joy and triumph.

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(Egypt)

I sat on a low stool in a street café, smoked a nargileh water pipe and played backgammon with a wise old man. His parents gave up the nomadic desert life when he was a boy, and came to live in the city. He bought me glasses of tea, and in return he had the pleasure of winning several games of backgammon. He threw the dice, one red, one green, onto the board of black wood and pale mother-of-pearl. “All the four colours of our flag,” he observed, exhaling a plume of sweet apple smoke. He spoke of backgammon as a philosophy for life. “It is black and white and you have no choice over what is dealt for you, or over what other people do to you. The choice that you have is how to best play your own pieces, to make all you possibly can out of what you have been dealt.”

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Extracts

(Egypt)

I sat on a low stool in a street café, smoked a nargileh water pipe and played backgammon with a wise old man. His parents gave up the nomadic desert life when he was a boy, and came to live in the city. He bought me glasses of tea, and in return he had the pleasure of winning several games of backgammon. He threw the dice, one red, one green, onto the board of black wood and pale mother-of-pearl. “All the four colours of our flag,” he observed, exhaling a plume of sweet apple smoke. He spoke of backgammon as a philosophy for life. “It is black and white and you have no choice over what is dealt for you, or over what other people do to you. The choice that you have is how to best play your own pieces, to make all you possibly can out of what you have been dealt.”

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ABOUT

Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, blogger, author and motivational speaker. He produces a monthly newsletter with the highlights of the blog and important expedition news.

As well as expeditions such as cycling round the world, walking across India and rowing the Atlantic, Alastair was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.

Alastair has written five books about his adventures. He is very well-regarded as a motivational speaker for corporate events and schools.

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