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Welcome to the Reading Room. Featured here are all the Books of the Month that have appeared on our Home page over the past year.

Click on the image to read some chapters of this book March: Book of the Month

Sean Conway: “Adventure isn't all about climbing mountains or rowing oceans. Adventure, in its purest form, is simply a way of thinking!”

Below; by Kevin John Cobane

From Customer book reviews on Amazon

This is a great read and it's a good job that Sean didn't listen to all the naysayers and doom-mongers or else he may never have undertaken his epic swim and we would never have been able to read about his fantastic adventure and experiences. Readers of Sean's other books will recognise and appreciate his engaging style of writing that really helps you to feel part of his adventures. You really get a sense of the ups and downs of planning and then going on an adventure, particularly one as ambitious as this- reckon I might have given up having been stung repeatedly in the face by jellyfish. You can't fail to be inspired by Sean and his adventures and the random acts of kindness he experienced along the way restores your faith in humanity and shows that the world is a far less dangerous and scary place than some might have you imagine. A brilliant book that shows what's possible when you really put your mind to it. I look forward to reading about Sean's future adventures.

Clare Balding: Growing up on a racing yard, I used to know the geography of the UK only by racecourses. A bit like my brother thought the seasons of the year were "Flat" and "National Hunt", I regarded Newmarket as the capital of the world and Lambourn as a major city of industry . . .”

Below; By Anna Jenkin on 16 Sept. 2014

From Customer book reviews on Amazon

Format: Kindle Edition

When I read My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding I was amazed at how talented a writer Clare is. The words rolling across the pages are engaging, emotional and very funny. I have been so looking for ward to the new book since reading My Animals and I received my pre-ordered copy and could not put it down until I had finished it. Walking Home did not disappoint, it is delightful and fabulously heart-warming.

Just such a wonderful read, full of great characters, descriptions of the walks and the areas visited makes you just want to walk, walk and keep walking. Clare’s writing brings alive this beautiful country of ours and makes you want to protect it, devour it and just enjoy it. It is amazing how many people feel the joys of walking for no other reason than just walking.

The book tells the tales of the inspiring walking groups that have been featured on Clare’s Ramblings Radio 4 programme. Some of the groups have set up by being inspired by the programme. Clare also talks about the benefits of walking and also gives the reader insights to her career, family and family pets. The book also tells of Clare’s family attempting to walk the Wayfarers Walk which stretches 70 miles from Emsworth to Inkpen Beacon.

April: Book of the Month Follow Sean Conway on his latest adventure, “Running Britain” in this live link here Click on the image to read some pages and reviews on Amazon

Byron Katie: In this powerful book of quotations, Byron Katie talks about the most essential issues that face us all - love, sex and relationships; health, sickness and death; parents and children; work and money; and self-realization. The profound, light-hearted wisdom embodied within is not theatrical; it is absolutely authentic. Not only will this book help you on many specific issues, but it will point you toward your own wisdom and will encourage you to question your own mind.

Below; By J. Mason on 24 Aug. 2008

From Customer book reviews on Amazon

Format: Paperback

This is a lovely book of quotations from Byron Katie. For those new to her she is a woman who teaches a simple process of inquiry called The Work, which is basically about questioning the thoughts that are causing your suffering and changing your life as a result. Katie believes that the only thing that causes a person any pain in the moment is an unquestioned thought. You can see Katie helping people with inquiry on her website. ([...]) It is like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but more radical. For those who are already familiar with The Work this book of quotations is a nice reminder of the wisdom and clarity of the author and what freedom awaits on the other side of inquiry.