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Kit Mayers offers a lively account of Anthony Jenkinson, the daring adventurer who headed off to Russia in 1557 with dreams of travelling all the way to the fabled riches of Cathay
Mountain regions host a disproportionate share of the world’s conflicts: home to poppy growers and jihadists, they are where wars of resistance are fought. And though they display a vast range of topographical variation, they hold in common ‘cruel weather…
At the turn of the 17th century, the idea of travelling around Britain for pleasure, as opposed to for trade and governance, was starting to gain popularity.
John Harding is modest about his mountaineering achievements: ‘I might have survived the odd scrape, but have touched no voids nor ventured into the thinnest air’
Water is ‘the principle of all things’, the element from which we came and to which we will return, and is both necessary for and destructive of life – an estimated 700 million people are currently without access to clean…
Some adventure stories are all bravado and bluster, a tirade of endless achievements to prove how impressive the protagonist is
A great deal has been written about the dramatic rise of the Gulf states from quiet, sandy backwaters in the 1970s to the shiny, towering cities that emerge dripping with oil money from the desert today
Panic, Fiennes tells us, is to be avoided at all costs. On the other hand, fear is a welcome mechanism that enables the body and brain to work at their best

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