My December message:

KEEP HANGING ON IN THERE – just like the Lesser Horseshoe bat which now lives happily in my cellar. My children call it 'Batty'.

Photo of a bat

I hope all is well equally with you. For many, these have been difficult times indeed. Personally, I have been very fortunate over the last year, in that I've been able to spend longer than anticipated with my young children. Also, I've had longer to spend on my next book – called EXPLORER, coming out now in August 2021. It's been a long wait. More on that later.

I've also had more time to devote to sending messages out on Twitter and Instagram, in particular trying to highlight the various thoughts of different major explorers – drawing on how they have handled adversity. Do follow either of these – Twitter for daily quotes, Instagram for short videos – if you wish to keep in touch.

Photo of Benedict holding a book

Meanwhile, the Faber Book of Exploration I can thoroughly recommend as a Christmas present! It's a compendium of adventurers and travellers with tales to amuse, enthral – and hopefully inspire.

Soon the virus will be behind us, let us hope. Personally, I have TWO expeditions planned for 2021. I trust that you too have adventures planned of your own.


Massive DVD price drop!

I'm very aware that you may be in isolation at home, or be cut off from loved ones, or simply have children around with a lot of time on their hands. So, I've drastically reduced the price of DVDs sent to the UK – down from £18 including post – to around about £6 at the moment – to help you through the Spring.

Keep well! I occasionally post encouraging thoughts and advice (from my own experience in adversity) on Instagram and Twitter, and hope you find these encouraging.


Upcoming event:
Presenting the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year award

The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards ceremony on 26th February 2020 will be held at The London Transport Museum, in Central London. There will be a Cocktail Reception & Global Food Feast at 7:00pm, followed by the Awards Ceremony. The awards will be hosted by Julia Bradbury.

Venue: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB
Starts: 7:00pm      Dress Code: Smart Casual

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Two appearances coming up:

Lost and Found in the Amazon

Sunday 19th January, 10:15am

A talk as part of the inspiring Adventure Travel Show in Olympia – always a great venue to start planning your own venture:

Benedict Allen with his usual good humour tells the extraordinary story of his relationship with the remote Matses people of Peru – whose children 22 years ago taught him lessons that would save his life when he was robbed and left to die – and for the first time gives a full account of his dramatic return last year to see what had become of the Matses and their forests.

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Lost and Found – adventures off the beaten track in PNG

Thursday 30th January, 1:45pm

As part of the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show – perhaps the biggest such gathering of those who travel or wish to. Benedict Allen reveals more of the highs and lows of his extraordinary expeditions, deep inside Papua New Guinea.

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