Adventure Book Club - January 2020

Updated: Jan 11

Keep yourself entertained between Adventure Breaks with our book and film recommendations! This page has affiliate links which will direct you to the relevant product on Amazon. These are true adventure and survival stories that we think will entertain and inspire you. Welcome to the Adventure Book (and Film) Club!


January 2020: Lost in the Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg

I read this book two years ago whilst in my tent part way up Kilimanjaro and it is a great read, very addictive! It is the true story of four travellers that meet in Bolivia and set off on an adventure into the Amazon rainforest. What begins as the adventure of a lifetime quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare and author Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet without a knife, map or survival training.

The section below is an extract from the book:

Karl stooped over as he walked, his eyes glued to the ground. I thought he was looking for butterflies, but he said, ‘Look, tapir tracks, a mother and calf. That explains the butterflies. The cow and calf must have come down to drink from the stream. Then they peed in the sand. The butterflies go after the minerals in urine.

We started our ascent, and soon our bodies were pouring sweat. When I spotted a large, green fruit near my foot, I called out to Karl. He was pleased with the find – he called it manzana de monte (mountain apple) – and showed me how it broke evenly into four pieces, and headed them around.

‘Let’s look for the tree,’ Kevin suggested, and in a few moments, when we’d found it and discovered the fruit too high above our heads and the trunk too smooth to climb."

Lost in the Jungle is an incredible story of nature, survival and human fortitude that you won’t be able to put down. It is now also a film starring Daniel Radcliffe (called 'Jungle'). You can find it here:

This is the trailer for the film:

​Ross Bowyer is a survival expert; he's learned from and taught some of the industry's most renowned figures including Ray Mears, Bear Grylls, James Cracknell and Ed Stafford. He is also the instructor at January's Fire-lighting & Survival Skills event. Ross told me around 80% of his students successfully start a friction fire with a bow drill. Interested to see how you fare?

Click on Fire-lighting & Survival Skills for more details.

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