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Dion Leonard - Author

About the Author

Dion Leonard is an Australian who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has competed in some of the world's toughest ultra marathons across inhospitable landscapes including running across the brutal Moroccan Sahara desert twice in the 250km Marathon Des Sables and twice across South Africa's Kalahari Desert. Dion's latest race across the Gobi Desert in China turned out to be extraordinary. He fell in love with a stray dog that followed him during the week, changing both of their lives forever.

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Featured books by Dion Leonard

Other books by Dion Leonard

Lara The Runaway Cat

Lara The Runaway Cat

Author: Dion Leonard, Sophie Pembroke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

Lara the Runaway Cat tells the story of Gobi, the loveable pup who followed Dion Leonard across a gruelling 155-mile trek across the Gobi Desert, and her mischievous cat sister, Lara, who runs away from her family, seeking a courageous adventure and different life. Lara doesn't realise how good she has it in her home in Edinburgh with her owners, Dion and Lucja, and of course her sister, Gobi. If she's being honest, she's jealous of Gobi's fame and the international attention she has received ever since Dion found her. Okay, Gobi may have survived an ultra-marathon across the Gobi Desert, but it's not as if Lara doesn't earn her fresh prawns! She dreams about the day when she can go outdoors and see the world, discover new friends and be free to make her own name. But Lara's wishful thinking gets the better of her as she takes a leap into the unknown and is forced to decide between her loyalties to her family and need to experience an adventure to rival Gobi's. Join Lara in her eventful travels from Edinburgh to France, Beijing to Australia, where she is faced with challenges that will change her life forever. Following on from the astounding real-life story of Dion Leonard, this fictionalised tale is a must-read for animal lovers everywhere.

Finding Gobi for Little Ones

Finding Gobi for Little Ones

Author: Dion Leonard Format: Board book Release Date: 06/02/2018

Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crossed the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion-a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her. Finding Gobi for Little Ones: The Race for Home is a fun, engaging board book perfect for families to enjoy together. Prepare to fall in love with the heartwarming and true story of Gobi and Dion. Gobi is a scrappy little stray dog who befriended a man named Dion and kept pace alongside him for 77 miles of the grueling 155-mile ultramarathon through the Gobi Desert. As Dion ran his way across China through cold nights and raging rivers, with little food and water, and through a long, hard journey, these two created a bond unlike any other. Cross the finish line with Gobi, the little pup who never quit, and Dion, the ultramarathon runner who loves her. This amazing true story sparked international attention and will continue to inspire readers as they enjoy this fun board book perfect for even the littlest children. Join these two unlikely friends as they form a winning team for both the race and life!

Finding Gobi (Main edition)

Finding Gobi (Main edition)

Author: Dion Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2018

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLER Like A Streecat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide... In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name `Gobi', proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles. As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever. Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are `man's best friend.'

A procura da gobi

A procura da gobi

Author: Dion Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2018

Em 2016, Dion Leonard, um experiente corredor de ultramaratonas, tropecou de forma inesperada numa pequena cadelinha perdida enquanto participava numa extenuante corrida de 250 quilometros atraves do deserto de Gobi. O adoravel animal, a quem deu o nome de Gobi, demonstrou saber compensar o seu diminuto tamanho com um enorme coracao, ja que o seguiu, passo a passo, atraves das traicoeiras montanhas de Tian Shan conseguindo manter o ritmo durante 124 quilometros.Testemunha da incrivel determinacao do pequeno animal, Dion sentiu que algo mudava dentro de si. Ate entao, o seu unico objetivo era ganhar e ser o melhor, mas agora a sua principal preocupacao era manter a sua nova amiga a salvo, alimentada e hidratada. Mesmo nao tendo acabado a corrida em primeiro lugar, Dion sentiu-se vencedor de algo muito maior e prometeu levar Gobi consigo para casa, no Reino Unido, para a converter em mais um membro da familia. Mas quando Gobi desapareceu na China, comecou uma aventura da qual nenhum dos dois se podera jamais esquecer. Uma aventura em que o drama, a dor, os coracoes partidos, a alegria e o amor se fundiram para mudar as vidas de ambos para sempre.O livro que arrasou nas listas de venda dos EUA, Gra-Bretanha, Canada, Australia e Nova Zelandia.Dion Leonard tem 42 anos e e oriundo da Australia, mas mora em Edimburgo com a mulher Lucja. Dion competiu em algumas das ultramaratonas mais duras, atraves das paragens mais inospitas do planeta, nomeadamente a brutal Maratona das Areias - 250 quilometros atraves do deserto do Sahara em Marrocos - e tambem duas vezes atraves do deserto de Kalahari na Africa do Sul.

La busqueda de Gobi

La busqueda de Gobi

Author: Dion Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2017

Esta es la milagrosa historia de Dion Leonard, un corredor experimentado que se encuentra a una luchadora, perrita callejera mientras compite en una carrera de 15 millas a traves del desierto de Gobi. La busqueda de Gobi es la milagrosa historia de Dion Leonard, un corredor de ultramaratones experimentado que se encontro con una perrita callejera mientras competia en una carrera de 155 millas a traves del desierto de Gobi en China. La adorable cachorro, que luego nombro Gobi , demostro que lo que le faltaba en tamano, lo compensaba con el corazon. Gobi recorrio junto a Dion gigantescas dunas de arena y atraveso las montanas Tian Shan, aldeas y las arenas negras del desierto de Gobi, manteniendo el ritmo con el durante casi ochenta millas. Dion fue testigo de la increible determinacion y corazon de Gobi, y se dio cuenta que su propio corazon experimentaba tambien un cambio. Dion permitia que Gobi durmiera en su tienda de campana por las noches, le compartia agua y alimentos de sus propias provisiones limitadas, a veces tambien la cargaba, aun sabiendo que eso significaba retrasarse en la carrera, o peor aun, le impederia terminar en absoluto. En las carreras anteriores de Dion, el se enfocaba en ganar y ser el mejor, pero esta vez su objetivo era asegurarse que su amistad con Gobi continuara mucho despues de llegar a la meta. Sin embargo, antes de que pudiera llevarla a casa, Gobi desaparecio en una inmensa ciudad china. Con la ayuda de desconocidos y el apoyo de gente alrededor del mundo, Dion inicio la busqueda para reencontrar al asombroso animal que le demostro a el y al mundo entero que los milagros son posibles. A man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion. This book is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a scrappy, stray dog while competing in a 150-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China and Mongolia. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi , proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well. Whereas in the past these races were all about winning and being the best, his goal now was to make sure he and Gobi's friendship continued well after the finish line. He found himself letting Gobi sleep in his tent at night, giving her food and water out of his own limited supply, and carrying her across numerous rivers, even when he knew it would mean putting him behind in the race, or worse, prevent him from finishing at all. Although Dion did not cross the finish line first, he felt he had won something even greater - a new outlook on life and a new friend that he planned on bringing home as soon as arrangements were made. However, before he could take her home, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite forever with the amazing animal that changed his life and proved to him and the world that miracles are possible.

Finding Gobi

Finding Gobi

Author: Dion Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLERLike A Street Cat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide... In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name 'Gobi', proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles. As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever. Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are 'man's best friend.'

Finding Gobi

Finding Gobi

Author: Dion Leonard Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

For fans of A Streecat Named Bob comes Finding Gobi, the heart-warming true story of a dog who captured the hearts of the world. Younger readers' edition. Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope and friendship - proving once again, that dogs really are 'man's best friend.'In 2016, Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The pup earned the name 'Gobi', as she went step for step with Dion, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. What Gobi lacked in size, she made up for in heart. Dion had always focused on winning, but as he witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something inside him change. This is a story of a life changing friendship between one man and a little stray dog called Gobi.

Finding Gobi (Younger Readers edition)

Finding Gobi (Younger Readers edition)

Author: Dion Leonard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

For fans of A Streetcat Named Bob comes Finding Gobi, the heart-warming true story of a dog who captured the hearts of the world. Younger readers' edition. Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope and friendship - proving once again, that dogs really are 'man's best friend.' In 2016, Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The pup earned the name 'Gobi', as she went step for step with Dion, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. What Gobi lacked in size, she made up for in heart. Dion had always focused on winning, but as he witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something inside him change. This is a story of a life changing friendship between one man and a little stray dog called Gobi.