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The Farthest Shore

Published by Vertebrate Publishing, September 2021

In February 2019, award-winning writer Alex Roddie left his online life behind when he set out to walk 300 miles through the Scottish Highlands, seeking solitude and answers. In leaving the chaos of the internet behind for a month, he hoped to learn how it was truly affecting him – or if he should look elsewhere for the causes of his anxiety.

The Farthest Shore is the story of Alex’s solo trek along the remote Cape Wrath Trail. As he journeyed through a vanishing winter, Alex found answers to his questions, learnt the nature of true silence, and discovered frightening evidence of the threats faced by Scotland’s wild mountain landscape.

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‘Reading it feels like time well spent, not only because it was a good story well told, but because the world now looks slightly different because of it.’ —Andrew Terrill, author. Full review

‘One to be read more than once – particularly if you have your eyes on the Cape Wrath Lighthouse as a hiking goal. After reading this, you definitely should.‘ —Andy Wasley. Full review

I also really appreciated that Alex doesn’t shy away from difficult topics here, and for me it’s the openness and honesty of these discussions that made this book stand out.’ —Philippa Lewis. Full review

‘I found that his descriptions of the natural world, and its effect on him, were often affectingly poetic, at times almost spiritual in nature, and I appreciated the extra dimension this introduced to my enjoyment of reading this truly memorable book.’ —Linda Hepworth. Full review

Wanderlust Alps: Hiking Across the Alps

Published by gestalten, September 2021
Stretching from France all the way down to Slovenia, Europe’s most majestic mountain range encompasses eight countries. Wanderlust Alps charts the region’s most treasured routes and guides the reader every step of the way. Aimed at those with an appetite for adventure, this book offers a rich mix of treks for hikers who wish to brave the elements.

Through enlightening maps, first-hand tips, and breathtaking photography, Wanderlust Alps illustrates why the range’s craggy peaks and verdant plains make it an outdoor playground in any season. Expect dazzling content to inspire hikers of any experience and skill level, stunning landscape photography, and helpful hints and information on how best to enjoy more than 50 epic trails.

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There’s an enticing description of each walk then a useful information page or two… This is a book to dream over and I’ve been doing just that, though a little more seriously than I might have done a few years ago.‘ —Chris Townsend, author. Full review

Wanderlust Europe: The Great European Hike

Published by gestalten, September 2020
Wanderlust Europe, created by German publisher gestalten and co-edited by Alex Roddie, showcases Europe’s most awe-inspiring walking and backpacking routes. Offering expert knowledge on how best to experience the wild outdoors, this beautiful large-format book combines first-hand tips with informative maps and an array of spectacular photography. Contributing photographers include long-distance hiker Colin Ibbotson, professional landscape photographer Lizzie Shepherd, guidebook writer Paddy Dillon, established TGO contributors Chris Townsend, David Lintern and James Roddie, and many more. Alex Roddie provided many of his own photographs for the project.

The routes include some of the continent’s finest and most ambitious long-distance trails, including the Nordkalottleden, Tour of Monte Rosa, and Cape Wrath Traill.

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