How do you become an explorer? It's a question every child has asked, and Steve Backshall was no different. After a rainy day visit to an exhibition of artifacts from Papua New Guinea, it was a question that began to obsess the seven-year old Backshall. But surely he'd been born a century too late? And yet through boundless enthusiasm, determination, and a refusal to accept defeat. Backshall was soon carrying business cards from National Geographic describing him as their "Adventurer in Residence." The vast, untamed wildness of Papua New Guinea was where Backshall forged his unlikely path. From crushing lows of early failures to the extraordinary highs of the BBC's Lost Land of the Volcano expedition, it was this dark island which gave Backshall his opportunity. Full of incredible wildlife, extraordinary wilderness, jungles, cannibals, pitfalls, triumph, danger, and excitement, Looking for Adventure is the irresistible, inspiring story of a little boy who let his heart rule his head.
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Steve Backshall, born in 1973, was brought up on a farm. He studied English at University before taking a second degree in Biology and was once "Adventurer in Residence" for National Geographic.Review:
An endearing book -- Chris Moss WANDERLUST LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE describes the places (Backshall) visits with such infectious enthusiam and colour it's like being there yourself **** -- James Delingpole MAIL ON SUNDAY Steve Backshall recounts his transformation from suburban boy to a modern-day explorer in this real life tale featuring plenty of danger and excitement. ABTA Magazine His passion for finding the final frontiers makes this a great modern-man-on-a-quest-through-jungles-and-lost-volcanoes read. Healthy for Men His account of life within the heaving Mount Bosavi crater in Papua New Guinea filming Lost Land of the Volcano, and the pressure-cooker atmosphere behind the scenes, brings the text to a thrilling climax. -- Jules Howard BBC WILDLIFE 20111130
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