“I discovered this book in a box, covered in dust, half way across the Gobi Desert. We were travelling by 4WD from Melbourne to London via Mongolia. It was autumn. Camels drifted past as freezing winds swirled down from snow-capped mountains, billowing our exposed tent. The book was a perfect choice for such a wild place. Of all the incredible survival situations the author encountered, Desperation Island was the highlight. I finished reading it before we left Mongolia for Kazakhstan, understanding the difference between what really matters and what doesn’t, and realizing that on my next trip, I wanted to explore some of the world’s more challenging places. This is a really inspiring book and I recommend it to anyone interested in people and adventure.
Central Asian Adventure Traveller