Cover of Kayak The Kwanza

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Translating Kayak The Kwanza into Portuguese!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Hello Supporters,

As some of you may have seen from the Kayak The Kwanza Twitter account, last month I headed to Angola to launch my two new books on the country. One was Kayak The Kwanza and the other was my new Bradt Travel Guide to Angola (3rd Edition). As well as eight speaking events around the capital city Luanda, I also had the opportunity to meet Angola's Vice President, His Excellecy Bornito…

We have a Guinness World Record!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Hello Supporters,

Today we were informed by Guinness World Records that they have recognised our journey! We now officially have the fastest time to travel the Kwanza River by kayak or canoe in a team - 32 days and 12 hours:

It took almost three years of discussion, two rejected applications (see below) and a mountain of evidence, but Alfy and I are finally Guinness World Record holders.…

Kayak The Kwanza has shipped!

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Kayak The Kwanza is now printed and being shipped. Please share images of your newly arrived books on Twitter using the hashtag #KayakTheKwanza. Also, once you are done reading our epic tale of hippos, crocodiles and Brexit, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or GoodReads.

If you have any questions about the book, you can always reach me on Facebook or Twitter.




We have a front cover! Book is out 7 March 2019

Friday, 18 January 2019

Thanks to Sara Magness and the design team over at Unbound, we now have a finalised front cover for the book (see above). Also, the official release date is 7 March 2019. We are now listed on Amazon as well as the Unbound site if you want to pre-order another copy (print or digital).

Not long to go now. Thanks for your support!

Merry Christmas (and a publication date!)

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Hello to all our supporters!

Greetings from a rather cold UK. I managed to make it back here from Madagascar for a family Christmas without suffering any of the disruption caused by the drone attack at Gatwick Airport. Even managed to meet up with Alfy for a coffee in London a few days ago, to discuss our next hare-brained scheme, which may or may not involve a long river in Madagascar.

It looks…

I just finished the final edits (I hope!)

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Here's a video update on our progress with bringing you Kayak The Kwanza, filmed in my garden here in Antananarivo, Madagascar yesterday!

Time for the edit!

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Hello Supporters,

It's been a long while since my last update, apologies for that. Life here in Madagascar has been very hectic: I spent June and July traveling around Angola for the first time in two years and have then been buried in work since returning to my home in Antananarivo on 5 August. 

I understand that everyone received an email last week explaining that we had started the developmental…

We did it...Kayak The Kwanza is being published!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Hello to all our supporters. I have just returned to Europe after a month of travelling around Angola. It is great to see how rapidly the country is developing under their new president. There was a palpable feeling of optimism throughout the country. In that spirit, this is a quick note to say thank you to all 80 of our backers. We hit 100% funded a few days ago with a record 11 pledges this week…

Over half way there!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Hello Supporters!

Very exciting news: this weekend we hit 51% funding. We are now over halfway towards publication, just over three months since we started the crowdfunding campaign on 8 February. As promised, I have been on a marketing blitz recently to promote the book. In case you missed it, here are the latest three pieces that were published about the expedition:

  1. Polo's Bastards: "These…

One third of the way there!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Hello Supporters!

Very exciting news: this weekend we hit 33% funding thanks to a couple of big pledges. We are now a third of the way towards publication, about one month since we started the crowdfunding campaign. To try and speed things along, I have been on a marketing blitz over the past few weeks, doing interviews with a number of different outlets such as The Hot Breakfast, Better Traveler…

Our journey to publication: the first twenty days

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Hello to all our supporters and anyone else interested in our 1,300km kayaking expedition along Angola's River Kwanza. If this is your first time hearing about the project, please check out this ten minute talk where I explain what we did and how we hope to make Angola landmine free by 2025. We are tantalisingly close to being a quarter of the way towards our funding target, so I thought this would…

Publication date: March 2019
104% funded
92 backers