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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir The Yosemite (1912), page 256.
In recent talks (at Futurefest and Words by the Water) I mentioned that one of the most common features of accounts of extreme environments – and one of the many motivations for choosing them – is the experience of being in natural landscapes. And not just any natural landscapes – landscapes that inspire awe.
Alongside fear, awe is one of the most powerful and profound emotions experienced by individuals in extreme environments.
I’ve neglected this blog somewhat over the last few weeks as I’ve been busy participating in various publicity activities for Extreme, including preparing for talks at a number of events this spring. Last week was the first – a talk and Q&A at the Words By the Water literary festival in Keswick, in the heart of the UK’s Read more about Talking Extreme: Some speaking engagements this Spring[…]
I was intrigued to receive an invitation from Marshal Zeringue to write a post for the Page 99 blog. The test, Marshal explained, is simple: “Is Ford Madox Ford’s statement ‘Open the book to page ninety-nine and read, and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you, accurate for your book?” Slightly nervously, I turned Read more about Extreme takes the Page 99 Test[…]
Extreme is now available as an audiobook on Audible, read by voice-over actor Sam Devereaux. It’s free if you take out a trial membership with Audible. (We also have a number of free copies to give away, so stay tuned for a raffle or quiz later next year… ) More details.
We were delighted that Discover Magazine wanted to feature an extract from Extreme. They suggested the section on personality and extreme environments from Chapter 12, and we think it makes a good standalone feature. Here’s the beginning. Click through to read the entire extract on Discover’s site (posted 4 December). When considering extreme environments it is easy to make Read more about The Surprising Personality Traits of Extreme Adventurers[…]
My last few weeks have involved fielding numerous requests for articles and interviews, following up UK publication last week and in anticipation of the US publication of Extreme in a few days. Here’s one of the interviews, with Alice Robb of The New Republic. Her article appeared a couple of days ago. Here’s the start – click through for the Read more about An interview in The New Republic[…]
Last week I had the pleasure of talking about Extreme with the lovely Ajaz Ahmed and his colleagues at AKQA London. It was a really enjoyable gig and I’m very grateful to Richard Kilgarriff and Izzy at Bookomi for setting it up. Bookomi followed up with a ‘3 Things’ feature about Extreme. Here’s an extract – click Read more about 3 things to help you thrive in extreme situations[…]
Another guest blog post, this time for the OUP Academic blog. Click through for the entire post! Throughout history, some people have chosen to take huge risks. What can we learn from their experiences? Extreme activities, such as polar exploration, deep-sea diving, mountaineering, space faring, and long-distance sailing, create extraordinary physical and psychological demands. The Read more about Five lessons from extreme places[…]
I wrote a post summarising some of the research on the motives for involvement in extreme environments for WellDoing.Org, a great ‘mind and body’ website curated by Louise Chunn. Here’s the start – click through to read the whole post on the WellDoing site. Imagine climbing up a sheer wall of rock without a rope. Missing a Read more about Why do people take extreme risks?[…]
Extreme is officially published today! Paul and I first started talking about writing a book together back in 2010 and settled quite quickly on extreme environments as our topic. It’s been a great experience. We’ve read so many fabulous stories and burrowed into truly fascinating research. There was so much good stuff to share that we struggled to Read more about Publication day![…]