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Levison Wood - Author

About the Author

Levison Wood is a professional explorer, writer and photographer. He founded the pioneering expedition service Secret Compass, leading groups in post conflict areas and remote wildernesses on five continents. He has travelled in over 80 countries worldwide, once hitchhiking overland to India from the UK. Levison spent several years as an officer in the Parachute Regiment where he saw active service on the battlefields of Afghanistan in 2008. Since then he has managed a charity project delivering ambulances to Malawi by driving them overland from London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Featured books by Levison Wood

Walking the Nile

Walking the Nile

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

A major Channel 4 series and a Sunday Times bestseller His journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He will cross seven, very different countries. No one has ever made this journey on foot. Exploration and Africa are two of his great passions - they drive him on and motivate his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail, yet the challenges of the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution will throw at him are immense. The dangers are very real, but so is the motivation for this ex-army officer. If he can overcome the mental and physical challenges, he will be walking into history...

Other books by Levison Wood

Arabia A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East

Arabia A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East

Author: Levison Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

Arabia A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East

Arabia A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Journey is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

The Kindness of Strangers Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow

The Kindness of Strangers Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow

Author: Levison Wood, Ed Stafford, Benedict Allen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2018

Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer Travel opens our minds to the world; it helps us to embrace risk and uncertainty, overcome challenges and understand the people we meet and the places we visit. But what happens when we arrive home? How do our experiences shape us? The Kindness of Strangers explores what it means to be vulnerable and to be helped by someone we've never met before. Someone who could have walked past, but chose not to. This is a collection of stories by accomplished travellers and adventurous souls like Sarah Outen, Benedict Allen, Ed Stafford and Al Humphreys, who have completed daring journeys through challenging terrain, adventuring from the Calais Jungle to the Amazon, from Land's End to the Gobi Desert, from New Guinea to Iran and many other places in between. Each has a story to tell of a time when they were vulnerable, when they were in need and a kind stranger came to their rescue. These are stories that make our hearts grow, stories that will restore our faith in the world and remind us that, despite what the media says, the world isn't a scary place - rather, it is filled with Kind Strangers just like us. All royalties go directly to fund Oxfam's work with refugees.

Eastern Horizons Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award

Eastern Horizons Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of GBP750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there. EASTERN HORIZONS is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality, while others would rather have murdered him...

Walking the Americas `A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey' Daily Mail

Walking the Americas `A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey' Daily Mail

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

LONGLISTED IN THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2017 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER BY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael Palin Walking the Americas chronicles Levison Wood's 1,800 mile trek along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world's most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places. His journey took him from violent and dangerous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying still unexplored in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. He encountered members of indigenous tribes, migrants heading towards the US border and proud Nicaraguan revolutionaries on his travels, where at the end of it all, he attempted to cross one of the most impenetrable borders on earth: the Darien Gap route from Panama into South America. This trek required every ounce of Levison Wood's guile, tact, strength and resilience in one of the most raw, real and exciting journeys of his life.

Eastern Horizons Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award

Eastern Horizons Shortlisted for the 2018 Edward Stanford Award

Author: Levison Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

BY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Download Levison Wood's Silk Road odyssey, Eastern Horizons, onto your splash-proof kindle. Then read on a sun-lounger, between dozes, wishing you were doing those terribly adventurous things - which being secretly glad you're not.' Duncan Craig, Sunday Times Levison Wood was only 22 when he decided to hitch-hike from England to India through Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but he wasn't the conventional follower of the hippy trail. A fascination with the deeds of the early explorers, a history degree in the bag, an army career already planned and a shoestring budget of GBP750 - including for the flight home - he was determined to find out more about the countries of the Caucasus and beyond - and meet the people who lived and worked there. EASTERN HORIZONS is a true traveller's tale in the tradition of the best of the genre, populated by a cast of eccentric characters; from mujahideen fighters to the Russian mafia. Along the way he meets some people who showed great hospitality, while others would rather have murdered him... This book confirms that Levison Wood, Winner of the 2016 Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book Of The Year Award, has indeed 'breathed new life into adventure travel ' (Michael Palin)

Walking the Americas `A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey' Daily Mail

Walking the Americas `A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey' Daily Mail

Author: Levison Wood Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

LONGLISTED IN THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2017 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER BY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael Palin Walking the Americas chronicles Levison Wood's 1,800 mile trek along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world's most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places. His journey took him from violent and dangerous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying still unexplored in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. He encountered members of indigenous tribes, migrants heading towards the US border and proud Nicaraguan revolutionaries on his travels, where at the end of it all, he attempted to cross one of the most impenetrable borders on earth: the Darien Gap route from Panama into South America. This trek required every ounce of Levison Wood's guile, tact, strength and resilience in one of the most raw, real and exciting journeys of his life.

Walking the Americas `A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey' Daily Mail

Walking the Americas `A wildly entertaining account of his epic journey' Daily Mail

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Levison Wood begins his biggest challenge yet. Beginning in the north-eastern tip of Mexico, Levison will walk the entire length of Central America, through eight countries before attempting to cross the treacherous Darien Gap into Colombia and South America. Walking the Americas will see Levison return to Mexico, where he lived for three months, and Belize - where he trained as a soldier with the British Army - before stepping into a part of the world he's never visited before and some of the most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable regions on earth. Both thrilling and emotional, Walking the Americas is the story of a very personal journey, about endurance, empathy and challenging yourself to be the best that you can be.

Walking the Himalayas An adventure of survival and endurance

Walking the Himalayas An adventure of survival and endurance

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael Palin 'Levison Wood is a great adventurer and a wonderful storyteller.' Sir Ranulph Fiennes 'Britain's best-loved adventurer... he looks like a man who will stare danger in the face and soak up a lot of pain without complaint.' The Times Following in in the footsteps of the great explorers, WALKING THE HIMALAYAS is Levison Wood's enthralling account of crossing the Himalayas on foot. His journey of discovery along the path of the ancient trade route of the Silk Road to the forgotten kingdom of Bhutan led him beyond the safety of the tourist trail. There lies the real world of the Himalayas, where ex-paratrooper Levison Wood encountered natural disasters, extremists, nomadic goat herders, shamans (and the Dalai Lama) in his 1,700-mile trek across the roof of the world. WALKING THE HIMALAYAS is a tale of courage, stamina and the kindness of strangers that will appeal to the adventurer in us all.

Walking the Nile

Walking the Nile

Author: Levison Wood Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2015

A major Channel 4 series and a Sunday Times bestseller His journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He will cross seven, very different countries. No one has ever made this journey on foot. Exploration and Africa are two of his great passions - they drive him on and motivate his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail, yet the challenges of the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution will throw at him are immense. The dangers are very real, but so is the motivation for this ex-army officer. If he can overcome the mental and physical challenges, he will be walking into history...

Pe jos de-a lungul Nilului

Pe jos de-a lungul Nilului

Author: Levison Wood Format: eBook Release Date: 29/06/2015

Aproape 7.000 de kilometri strabatuti pe jos. Nopti petrecute în salbaticie, hrana limitata si nenumarate pericole. Paduri tropicale, savane, mlastini, desert si oaze de verdeata luxurianta. Sapte tari diferite. Nimeni nu a mai parcurs acest traseu astfel. Levison Wood povesteste în detaliu aventurile dramatice, dar fascinante de care a avut parte strabatând malurile Nilului. Pe parcursul calatoriei a descoperit lucruri incredibile despre istoria fluviului, mai ales prin intermediul oamenilor pe care i-a întâlnit si care l-au ajutat sa-si atinga tinta, si a cunoscut direct povestea unei Africi în curs de modernizare. Înfruntând crocodili, hipopotami agresivi, arsita din desert si agenti de securitate motivati politic, bine-cunoscutul explorator a reusit o expeditie memorabila, greu de egalat în viitor. Documentarul acestei expeditii a fost difuzat de Channel 4.

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