Liverpool author Graham Hughes talks about his globe trotting adventures featured in his acclaimed book ‘Man of the World’.
Graham Hughes has been named in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018 for his debut ‘Man of the World’. The book is the first part in the epic tale of his truly ground-breaking Guinness World Record to journey to every country in the world without flying. Hughes is the only person on earth to have achieved this feat. It took him four years and one month and he completed it at the end of January 2013.
Less than a year later, he won his own island off the coast of Panama on a game show. He moved to “Jinja Island” in March 2014 and sat down to write his magnum opus, ‘The Odyssey Expedition trilogy: Man of the World, Top of the World and End of the World’.
Man of the World covers the first year of his journey, and sees him travel up through South America, hitch-hike around the Caribbean, cadge a free ride on a cargo ship across the Atlantic, find himself arrested on the Russian border, take a leaky wooden canoe 650km over open ocean, get banged up in Africa (twice!) and somehow make it to Egypt via 132 other countries before the year was out.
“Being named in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018 came as a bolt from the blue,” says Graham, who also drew the 170 maps and illustrations in the print edition and narrated the audio book, “I’ve never written a book before – it was a steep learning curve!” Graham’s journey was also the subject of the 8-part TV series “Lonely Planet’s The Odyssey”
Graham is travelling back to his home town to talk about his adventures in the place where some of his book was written, Liverpool Central Library. There are two chances on the day to hear his fantastic geographical tales of transport and travel.