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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger 

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This book took me massively by surprise.

I had heard good things but wasn’t expecting to find myself in awe of Mr  Schwarzenegger! I listened to the audio book whilst driving to work and found myself  sitting in the car park for several minutes wanting to hear more.

Ice cream seller, tank driver, bodybuilder, property developer, actor, politician and business man. Arnold has been them all.

This really is an inspirational story of a man that came from humble beginnings and through pure drive and relentless determination has succeeded in almost everything that he has turned his hand to. He provides some real insights into what it takes to succeed.

Just a Little Run Around the World – Rosie Swale Pope

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This is simultaneously a heart warming and heart breaking story.

After losing her husband to cancer, Rosie sets off for a little run around the world. On the face of it, Rosie is just an ordinary person, but she is so much more than that.

Rosie spends five years running around the world, all under her own steam. Travelling through some very hospitable and dangerous places whilst pulling all of her personal belongings behind her.

This book is not just for those into running, but also for anyone that has ever wondered what it must be like to pack everything up and travel into the unknown for a very serious adventure!

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness – Prof Steve Peters

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This is a fantastic roadmap that will help you understand why your brain works the way it does, and why you may act the way you do.  It makes issues we all deal with on a daily basis simple and easy to understand, making it easier to deal with and find a resolution.  Author Steve Peters has done a phenomenal job with this book, using both facts and stories to help readers understand how to get in control of their lives and emotions.  Many people from all walks of life have sworn by this book and credit it with helping them sort out a wide variety of issues, whether they already knew what they were struggling with or not.  No matter where you come from or what personal struggle you are facing right now, this will definitely be an eye opener.

The Accidental Adventurer – Ben Fogle

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This was a wonderful book, full of stories of Ben Fogle’s many adventures.  What makes it so unique is that Fogle doesn’t really try to create his adventures; some of the most memorable experiences happened entirely on their own, with no planning at all.  His stories will inspire your adventurous side, and you won’t want to put this book down.  Fogle also delves into his life before these adventures, explaining that for much of his life he was very shy.  Fogle’s writing is very personal and conversational, and he never tries to come off as a seasoned author.  His stories will appeal to any reader and show you how to channel your adventurous side, and let go of your fears and insecurities.

Lost in the Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Adventure and Survival – Yossi Ghinsberg

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Yossi Ghinsberg’s tales of hardships and misadventures will keep you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning.  With four backpackers quickly meeting and setting off on what they expect to be a perfect and exciting journey, the story quickly turns to one of numerous struggles.  There seems to be no end in sight as the travelers face challenge after challenge.  The dynamic of the group only adds to the story, with each person coming from a different background offering unique perspectives on what they are all facing as a group.  This exciting tale full of suspense and mystery will be one you won’t be able to put down.

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness – Scott Jurek

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A seemingly unstoppable force in the ultrarunning world, Scott Jurek uses this book to tell his personal story, offering insight into his life and experiences.  Many runners look up to Jurek, and this book will explore his early life, showing you what his start in running looked like and how he became the runner he is today.  He explains how he overcame the obstacles he’s faced, and even offers advice for everyday life.  He has set numerous records and faced many challenges, and this book will inspire every reader, whether they are a runner or face different challenges in their lives.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know – Ranulph Fiennes

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The autobiography of renowned traveler Ranulph Fiennes, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know offers a look into the life of a man who has done more in his life than most people dream of.  He has various achievements, both as an adventurer and with charities.  There is a lot to be learned about Fiennes from other sources, but only here will you be able to learn about the personal and private details of this amazing man’s life from the man who knows him best- himself.  He will show you not just the many adventures he’s been on, but what was going on in his head as he journeyed around the world.

I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

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A young girl whose name is known around the world, Malala Yousafzai has had an incredible impact on the lives of many.  First noticed when she would not be silenced by the Taliban and fought for her right to an education, ultimate leading to her being shot at the young age of fifteen.  Surviving this horrible attack, she still did not give up, and is still fighting today for peace around the world.  Her story will open the eyes of readers to the many tragedies happening everyday, and inspire you to want change.  She will show you just how many people there are having rights taken away, and that even those who seem to weak or small can fight for change.

A Life Without Limits – Chrissie Wellington

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Chrissie Wellington opens up to readers in this book about her journey to winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 2007. At that time, she was a newcomer to the sport, and was completely unknown to the press and other athletes.  She faced many struggles throughout her career, both personal and with those around her.  When she thought she might not succeed, she pushed through, and achieved the unexpected.  Her story is an inspiration to many and will show you how incredible it can be to overcome obstacles you face and achieve your dreams.

The Faber Book of Exploration – Benedict Allen

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Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

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In this book, Daniel Khaneman breaks down the mind.  Specifically, he explains the two main ways we think.  Many people have heard of the Right Brain and Left Brain, but throughout this book Khaneman explores the emotional and logical parts of the mind in such a way that everyone will be able to explain. His writing is conversational and easy to follow, which helps with a topic of this nature.  He explains how important finding a balance between the two is vital, as fast thinking can be helpful in certain situations, while in others it is necessary to use slow thinking.

A History of the World – Andrew Marr

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Bestselling author Andrew Marr will take you on an expedition through history, not just focusing on one specific event, but connecting different times and nations.  His writing is fantastic and this is not a book you will easily put down.  He chooses unique stories from areas many people do not think about, and connects them to parts of history that are well known amongst many.  Marr’s writing is eye opening, and makes you think more about parts of the world whose history is often forgotten.  He will show you a new way to look at the world and will offer a new understanding of parts of the world that have been widely unknown until now.