Alastair Humphreys: Recommendations

I've a short new feature at the end of my episodes where I ask guests about their favourite podcast, tv show, film, documentary etc. It's a great way to get a sense of people's influences and an even better way to discover some excellent new books, shows, and docs. Below are the recommendations of Alastair Humphreys.

Apologies that it’s taken me so long to get around to posting Alastair’s recommendations but I’ve been bust camping in the mountains, no really I have!

Alastair gave honourable mentions to;

  1. Sir Patrick Lee Fermor (Guardian obit here)
  2. Sir Wilfred Thesinger (Guardian obit here)
  3. Ranulph Fiennes (Website here)
  4. Dervla Murphy (Website here [look at that face!])

Here’s the rest of his list.  Enjoy. Dave

Book: Let My People Go Surfing: The Education Of A Reluctant Businessman, Yvon Chouinard


In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian blacksmith to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport’s equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Amazon review.


Book: Waterlog: A swimmer’s journey through Britain, Roger Deakin



Roger Deakin set out in 1996 to swim through the British Isles. The result a uniquely personal view of an island race and a people with a deep affinity for water. From the sea, from rock pools, from rivers and streams, tarns, lakes, lochs, ponds, lidos, swimming pools and spas, from fens, dykes, moats, aqueducts, waterfalls, flooded quarries, even canals, Deakin gains a fascinating perspective on modern Britain. Detained by water bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted in the Fowey estuary by coastguards, mistaken for a suicude on Camber sands, confronting the Corryvreckan whirlpool in the Hebrides, he discovers just how much of an outsider the native swimmer is to his landlocked, fully-dressed fellow citizens. Encompassing cultural history, autobiography, travel writing and natural history, Waterlog is a personal journey, a bold assertion of the native swimmer’s right to roam, and an unforgettable celebration of the magic of water. Goodreads review.

Book: Paddling North, Audrey Sutherland


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Podcast: Desert Island Discs


Alastair mentioned the episode with the Guardian crossword compiler as a good entry episode for this priceless archive. For those of you who enjoy crosswords you probably know him as Araucaria but to the rest of the world he was John Galbraith Graham. Enjoy the episode below.

Documentary: North Of The Sun

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