A few weeks ago I had an interesting conversation with the lovely people at ShAFF. They have a list of Women in Adventure books on UK Bookshop. They kindly added my book to it, but said they like to keep it to a list of just 10 books, to be more manageable.
Well people, there are certainly far far more than 10 books that should be on that list!
Tell us which adventure books you’ve enjoyed with female authors or main characters. We’re thinking mainly narrative non-fiction here, but if will accept other genres if it’s so good you can’t resist!
And as ever, SELF PROMOTION ENCOURAGED. You put so much effort into that book, you should absolutely be telling people about it! Including links if you like :)Don’t forget that we have an Online Library for members and a Book of the Month feature. If you’re launching a book in the near future, get in touch with how we can help you promote it.
Read a good essay collection called Tough Women, edited by Jenny Tough at the start of the year. A good mix of different adventures around the world!
I love Felicity Aston's Alone in Antarctica and Call of the White, all of Dervla Murphy's books, but especially Full Tilt, and as you've invited us to elf-publicise: I must mention my book Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World. The story of trailblazer Nellie Bly and how she circled the globe faster than anyone ever had -- 72 days – in 1890. 125 years I followed in her global footsteps. The book chronicles both of our journeys and pays tribute to a forgotten heroine of history.
Lone Rider - Elspeth Beard
An Officer, Not a Gentleman - Mandy Hickson
Dodging Elephants - Alice Morrison
Llama Drama - Anna McNuff
Tough Girl Saharan Challenge - Sarah Williams
Four Mums in a Boat - Davies, Doeg, Benaddi, Butters
IronMum - Karine Fragniere
Currently loving Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains (Antonia Bolingbroke Kent) about her solo explorations of Arunachal Pradesh by motorbike, a part of the world I find fascinating! And loved Anna McNuff's Llama Drama too. There's a great collection of short stories edited by Mariella Frostrup called Wild Women and their Amazing Adventuresover Land, Sea and Air which captures some top travel writing from the last 300 years :)
'Ignore The Fear' by Fiona Quinn. This is about her SUP journey from Land's End to John O' Groats as part of a LEJOG triathlon (she'd already walked and cycled), but she was afraid of open water. A great example of just doing things before you might be ready. An inspiring and easy read. I've just started reading 'Where There's A Will' by Emily Chappell; she documents her journey about cycling the 4000km transcontinental race across Europe. It's an unsupported race with no help from others. The first time she entered, she didn't finish, but the next time, she won. Although, I've just started it, it's a gripping read :)
'Just a Little Run Around the World' by Rosie Swale Pope. What this amazing woman was able to achieve and the obstacles she overcame makes for totally inspiring read and a message to women everywhere. Anything is possible.
Enjoyed Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox!
Welcome to the God Damn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Sun is a Compass by Caroline Van Hemert are two of my favorites!!