Six Years with Al Qaeda
by Stephen McGown, as told to Tudor Caradoc-Davies
What an extraordinary privilege it was to edit this book. Stephen lived through an experience that would have finished off most ordinary folk, and emerged stronger and wiser, his faith strengthened and his integrity intact. As the longest-held Al Qaeda hostage, he learned intimate things about his captors and himself, while surviving in the desert with zero creature comforts, and no way of knowing when he would be reunited with his wife and family. I shed more than a few tears while working on this book – and not only over the plight of baby camels! Even though I had a part in it, I can’t recommend it highly enough. This book will alter you, as it did me.
21 Yaks and a Speedo
by Lewis Pugh
Lewis Pugh knows oceans. He was the first to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, and has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other person in history. He swam across the icy waters of the North Pole to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice, and across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers.
Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His efforts to spread awareness of the fragility of our global ecosystem, and the dangers that threaten our oceans, have made him one of the world’s most popular public speakers. He’s been nicknamed ‘the human polar bear’ and ‘the people’s porpoise’, and named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. As US President Bill Clinton observed, “Lewis Pugh doesn’t tell us what to do, he shows us what can be done.” These are the 21 strategies Lewis used to achieve what no one thought was possible. So now you can too.
by Chris Bertish
This is the story of how a skinny little kid from Kenilworth in Cape Town managed to travel halfway around the world without sponsorship, and then outwit, outsmart and outperform the world’s best-paid professional athletes on a day that changed his life, and the sport of big-wave surfing, forever …