Instant satisfaction for your thirst for knowledge!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
Addicted to Adventure - Between Rocks and Cold Places - cover

Addicted to Adventure - Between Rocks and Cold Places

Bob Shepton

Publisher: Adlard Coles

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

Bob Shepton is an ordained minister in the Church of England in his 70s, but spends most of his time sailing into the Arctic and making first ascents of inaccessible mountains. No tea parties for this vicar. 
 
Opening with the disastrous fire that destroyed his yacht whilst he was ice-bound in Greenland, the book travels back to his childhood growing up on his family's rubber plantation in Malaysia, moving back to England after his father was shot by the Japanese during the war, boarding school, the Royal Marines, and the church. We then follow Bob as he sails around the world with a group of school children, is dismasted off the Falklands, trapped in ice, and climbs mountains accessible only from iceberg-strewn water and with only sketchy maps available.  
 
Bob Shepton is an old-school adventurer, and this compelling book is in the spirit of sailing mountaineer HW Tilman, explorer  Ranulph Fiennes, climber Chris Bonington and yachtsman Robin  Knox-Johnston, all of whom have been either friends of Bob's or an  inspiration for his own exploits. Derring do in a dog collar! 
 
Ranulph Fiennes: 'A wonderful true tale of adventure.' 
 
Bear Grylls: 'You are going to enjoy this...as a Commando, Bob is clearly made of the right stuff!'

Other books that might interest you

  • Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker - cover

    Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker

    Kathleen Hale

    • 0
    • 6
    • 0
    In six wide-ranging essays, Kathleen Hale traces some of the most treacherous fault lines in modern America—from sexual assault to Internet trolling, from environmental illness to our own animal nature. In these thought-provoking stories of predators and prey, Hale proves herself to be an exhilarating new voice whose writing is both fearless and profound. 
    In “First I Got Pregnant. Then I Decided to Kill the Mountain Lion,” Hale recounts the month she spent tracking a wild cat lost in the Hollywood Hills while pregnant; in “Prey,” she tells the troubling story of her sexual assault as a freshman in college; other essays recount the mesmerizing stories of a trip to hunt wild hogs in Florida, and a standoff with an anonymous blogger. Taking no prisoners and fearing no subject matter, Kathleen Hale wields razor-sharp wit, uncommon levels of empathy, and daring honesty, even in detailing some of the most difficult moments of her life. 
    Outlandish, candid, and sometimes unsettling, Kathleen Hale Is a Crazy Stalker introduces an arresting new voice for this strange American century.
    Show book
  • The Dennis McDougal True Crime Collection - Mother's Day and Blood Cold - cover

    The Dennis McDougal True Crime...

    Dennis McDougal

    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    From a murderous mother to a famous actor accused of killing his wife in cold blood, gripping true crime exposés from an award-winning journalist.  Mother’s Day: The true story of Theresa Cross Knorr, the twisted child abuser who murdered two of her own daughters—with the help of her sons. It would be almost a decade after these horrific crimes before her youngest daughter, Terry Knorr Graves, revealed her mother’s history of unfathomable violence. At first, she was met with disbelief by law enforcement and even her own therapist, but eventually, the truth about her mother’s monstrous abuse emerged. Award-winning journalist Dennis McDougal details the pathological jealousy, rage, and domineering behavior that escalated into appalling acts of homicide and destroyed a family.  Blood Cold: In May 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death in a car parked on a dark Hollywood side street. Eleven months later, Robert Blake—her husband, the father of her child, and the star of the classic film In Cold Blood and the popular 1970s TV detective series Baretta—was arrested for murder, conspiracy, and solicitation. Did Blake kill his wife? Did he hire someone to do the job for him? Award-winning journalist Dennis McDougal and entertainment-media expert Mary Murphy recount a real-life crime story more shocking and bizarre than any movie.
    Show book
  • Patton and His Third Army - cover

    Patton and His Third Army

    Brenton Greene Wallace

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Patton and His Third Army is the first-hand account of Patton's legendary, lightning-fast armored-drive routing of Wehrmacht forces across France and beyond following the Allied Invasion of Europe. Author Brenton Wallace served as an assistant chief of Patton's staff, and his narrative covers the full campaign, from the Third Army's preparations in Britain, to its first engagements with the enemy, through to the major battles countering the German offensives, liberating Paris and breaking across the Moselle into the Nazi heartland. It is the story of a master tactician, a superior military strategist who prided himself on surviving his vexing rival, the brilliant Erwin Rommel.
     
    Patton and His Third Army is a frank account of the much mythologized general and includes many of his immortal maxims such as, "There are only three principles of warfare: Audacity, Audacity, AUDACITY!" It is essential reading for anyone interested in the European Theater of combat in World War 2, and finding out more about this remarkable figure who Eisenhower said was "born to be a soldier."
     
    *Includes annotations and photographs from World War 2.
    Show book
  • The Carlton Smith True Crime Collection - Fatal Charm Dying for Daddy Cold-Blooded and Killing Season - cover

    The Carlton Smith True Crime...

    Carlton Smith

    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    Four chilling, true stories of murder from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and coauthor of New York Times bestseller, The Search for the Green River Killer.   As an investigative journalist for the Seattle Times, Carlton Smith covered the Green River Killer case for over a decade. Smith, along with his coauthor, fellow reporter Tomas Guillen, were named Pulitzer Prize finalists for their New York Times bestseller, The Search for the Green River Killer, which was published ten years before Gary Ridgway was finally arrested for his crimes. Gathered here in this volume are four of Smith’s most engrossing accounts of serial killers, pathological liars, and shockingly cold-blooded murderers.  Fatal Charm: When handsome, charming Randy Roth’s fourth wife drowned in a speedboating accident just weeks after their first anniversary, authorities began to look at a pattern of suspicious behavior, uncovering the lies of a serial wife killer.  Dying for Daddy: Jack Barron’s wife died mysteriously in her sleep. Soon after, his two young children were also found dead in their beds. But only when his fifty-two-year-old mother died, also of asphyxiation in her sleep, did law enforcement officials finally take action against a man driven to commit the most unspeakable of acts.  Cold-Blooded: When lawyer Larry McNabney disappeared, his wife claimed he joined a cult. By the time his body was found in a shallow grave three months later, Elisa McNabney was speeding toward a new life in Florida—and a brand-new identity. Beautiful, seductive, and ruthless, she had thirty-eight aliases and a rap sheet a mile long, but her run was about to end.  Killing Season: Over the course of seven months in 1988, eleven women disappeared off the streets of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Nine turned up dead. Two were never found. And the perpetrator remains unknown. Smith provides a riveting account of the unsolved murders—and the botched investigation that let the New Bedford Highway Killer walk away.  
    Show book
  • An Anthology of Ancient Mesopotamian Texts - When the Gods were Human - cover

    An Anthology of Ancient...

    Sabine Franke

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Sabina Franke has gathered the best stories of ancient Near Eastern literature surrounding the Mesopotamian gods, men and kings. This book takes the reader on a journey back to the birth of literature in Mesopotamia, which seems to us so far and yet so near.Fairy tales, myths and epics of ancient Near Eastern literature are still able to charm readers today and allow us to delve into the fascinating life of the ancient Near East. This book includes fables such as the tooth worm which causes tooth pain as well as the great myth of Innanas which describes the transition of the goddess Ishtar into the underworld. There are also daily life stories such as that of a student and the Sumerian incantations against a crying baby.
    Show book
  • Sex Drive - On the Road to a Pleasure Revolution - cover

    Sex Drive - On the Road to a...

    Stephanie Theobald

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Stephanie's interviewees form a roll call of America's most prominent commentators on sex: legendary feminists Betty Dodson and Susie Bright, former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, the porn actress turned sex educator Annie Sprinkle, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe and many more.The politics of female pleasure have figured prominently in the public conversation lately, from OMGyes.com to the the rise of female-friendly porn. Widespread review and feature coverage is expected.For fans of Future Sex by Emily Witt, Isabel Losada’s Sensation, Esther Perel’s Mating in Captivity.
    Show book