Charles Paget Wade Before Snowshill giveaway

The first print run of my book CHARLES PAGET WADE BEFORE SNOWSHILL is almost sold out.

I’m giving away two of the last remaining copies via Goodreads, below. Click the ‘Enter Giveaway’ link in the widget below to enter. It’s free and open to anyone in Great Britain.

I think you might need to be a Goodreads member but I’m not sure. And if you’re not already, Goodreads is pretty great – it’s for books.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Charles Paget Wade Before Snowshill by Paul Capewell

Charles Paget Wade Before Snowshill

by Paul Capewell

Giveaway ends October 01, 2017.

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If you’d prefer to read on Kindle, click here to pick it up for £1.99. Thanks!


Microadventures – Alastair Humphreys’ new book

Writer, explorer and adventurer Alastair Humphreys has written a new book called Microadventures, and it’s out today.



Alastair’s concept of microadventures – “a tiny little adventure that’s close to home and easy on your pocket” – pushed me last year to see how far my bike could carry me and all I would need for an overnight stay somewhere. Although the overnight bit isn’t essential to a microadventure, it certainly adds to the feeling of getting away from it all.

I had had the urge to get out and do that kind of thing for a while – I’ve long been a fan of walking, camping and, more recently, cycling. But it was reading Alastair’s blog posts and seeing his photographs that really showed me that it wouldn’t take much to take the next step and really have a tiny little adventure of my own.

It’s probably pretty clear how much of an inspiration Alastair has been on me and my outdoor activities over the past twelve months!

I wrote about some of my own microadventures last year:



…and I’m planning on more this year. I quite like how the term microadventrue can be tweaked to fit whatever you can manage and afford. It could just be taking a different route home or exploring that place on the map you’ve been intrigued about for a while. Or it could be something slightly more zany, like Al’s walk round the M25 in winter

Meanwhile, I’m really looking forward to Alastair’s book thudding onto my doormat. I’m a big fan of his words and his pictures, and it was about time he collected his thoughts and put them all into the definitive microadventure book.

If you’re looking for that extra kick to get out and do something extraordinary, check out Alastair’s website for tips and details of adventures he’s been on, or better yet, grab a copy of his book. If you’re quick, he’s also offering an extra free book or DVD to people who purchase his book from Amazon – see his blog post for details.

Volume 3 of Michael Palin’s Diaries – Travelling to Work – Out this September

Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998

TRAVELLING TO WORK is the third volume of Michael Palin’s widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin’s career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for the next twenty-five years.

Read on: Michael Palin – Travelling to Work – Orion Publishing Group

I love Michael Palin, and I love diaries. So you can imagine that I love Michael Palin’s diaries. In fact, this combination led me to asking the great man to participate in the research for my final year project for my Information Management degree. Palin, along with many other friends and associates, kindly took the time to answer a series of questions relating to their diary-keeping habits.

Having read the first two volumes of Michael Palin’s diaries, I’m eagerly awaiting the third. In fact, I’m currently on my second read-through of the second volume. The hardback editions are beautiful, weighty tomes that look lovely on my bookshelf – but they’re also a little bit hefty for stuffing in an overnight bag and so on. Fortunately, the Kindle editions are nicely put together, and allow me to highlight passages which are particularly funny, poignant, or otherwise of note.

The transition from volume 2 to volume 3 is particularly interesting, as the cross-over point is a real cliff-hanger: Palin is about to embark on the first of his celebrated travel film journeys – Around The World in 80 Days.

I was intrigued when I started thinking about this – I am often intrigued by quite mundane things – as there are companion books for all of Palin’s journeys, and they come in the form of a diary. They’re a fascinating insight into the trips, with extra information and a host of photographs to complement the films themselves.

But from the looks of volume 3’s subtitle, 1988-1998, it sounds like Palin kept a private diary in addition to the notes that ended up being released as companion books. Fabulous! Indeed, the title of the volume itself, Travelling to Work, really points to the consistent theme for the decade covered within.

Volume 3 of his diaries is published in hardback and ebook editions on September 11 this year. I’ve recently hit January 1988 on my latest run-through of volume 2, so I think I’ll re-read the Around The World in 80 Days book next to tide me over.