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  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing
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  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing
  • Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Dare to Do: Taking on the planet by bike and boat

Sarah Outen

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Autobiography: sport, True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction, Cycling, Water sports & recreations, Travel writing

The inspirational adventure story of Sarah Outen's five-year 25,000 mile expedition looping the Northern Hemisphere by rowing boat, bicycle and kayak.


On 1 April 2011, rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France. Her aim was simple: to circle the globe entirely under her own steam - cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Atlantic and eventually home. A year later, Sarah was plucked from the Pacific ocean amid tropical storm Mawar, her boat broken, her spirit even more so.

But that wasn't the end. Despite ill health and depression, giving up was not an option. So Sarah set off once more to finish what she had started, becoming the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East. She kayaked the treacherous Aleutian chain and cycled North America, before setting out on the Atlantic, despite the risk of another row-ending storm...

DARE TO DO is more than an adventure story. It is a story of the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel; a story of the raw power of nature, of finding love in unexpected places, and of discovering your inner strength. It is about trying and failing, and trying again, and about how, even when all seems lost, you can find yourself.

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Praise for Dare to Do: Taking on the planet by bike and boat

  • Outen's story is remarkable. - Sunday Times

  • An epic feat. - The Times

  • Like Wild - only wilder. - BT Sport

  • Sarah Outen prefaces her epic trip around the world under her own steam with a fabulous sentence: "The years ahead became some of the most vivid, treasured and, at times, the most difficult of my life. But all I knew is all we ever know - that I knew nothing about how the story would unfold." Who could fail to read on? Dare to Do chronicles a journey many readers will have mulled over at various points, but Outen had the courage to tackle it. - Birmingham Post - Books of the Year

  • An intimate glimpse into the raw excitement, fears, and determination which could provoke someone like Outen to spend years circumnavigating the globe, in a number of imaginative and uncomfortable ways. Outen is honest and relatable, while her depictions of places and people she meets are undeniably engaging. [Dare to Do is] fast-paced and good-humoured. - Geographical

  • There is only one Sarah Outen. A unique blend of powerful female athlete and silly friend.

  • Her natural charisma, talent for storytelling and unrivalled persistence sets Sarah Outen apart. She is the top female adventurer of the 21st Century - nobody else comes close.

  • That's the way to do adventure.

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