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  • My Midsummer Morning

  • Rediscovering a Life of Adventure
  • Written by: Alastair Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Alastair Humphreys
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Financial Times Summer Book of 2019

Seasoned adventurer Alastair Humphreys pushes himself to his very limits - busking his way across Spain with a violin he can barely play.

In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in. His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing his violin in bars and plazas. 

Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - inspired Alastair Humphreys. It made him fall in love with Spain - the landscapes and the spirit - and with Laurie's style of travel. He travelled slow, lived simply, slept on hilltops, relished spontaneity, and loved conversations with the different people he met along the hot and dusty road. 

For 15 years, Alastair dreamed of retracing Laurie Lee’s footsteps but could never get past the hurdle of being distinctly unmusical. This year, he decided to go anyway. The journey was his most terrifying yet, risking failure and humiliation every day, and finding himself truly vulnerable to the rhythms of the road and of his own life. But along the way, he found humility, redemption and triumph. It was a very good adventure.

©2019 Alastair Humphreys (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"Humphreys is clearly slightly bonkers and this is a wonderful thing." (Geographical Magazine)

"Compelling reading...It’s honest and human." (The Great Outdoors

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A bold idea and a great read

I loved the premise of this book. But it was so much more than a madcap adventure busking through Spain. It is also a story of a man coming to terms with his own identity. Humphreys writes well and I found myself bookmarking many passages.

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  • Rosalind Burns
  • 2020-02-16

Beautiful book, listen NOW! And get outside!

One of the best travel books I’ve read in a long time. Beautiful imagery, raw and introspective, and a fun and relatable journey. We can all live a little more adventurously! Admitted, I was frustrated by the authors lack of insight into the opportunity to adventure with children. I am a 26-year-old mother, and I have three children. I have taken my five-year-old, two-year-old, and three week old baby hiking through the mountains. I have even done solo day hikes, carrying my baby strapped to my chest, and my two-year-old and a hiking backpack, with all of the gear strapped around him. If I can carry 65 pounds of children on my back for a day of splashing through creeks and climbing over rocks, surely Alastair Humphreys can introduce his own children to adventure. Strap the kids to your back and go!!

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  • Peter Marshall
  • 2019-09-10

One of the best travel / adventure books out there

I love this book. Open, honest, and heartfelt. This is one I will keep coming back to.

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  • Ryan B
  • 2019-07-28

A beautiful and inspiring book

I loved this book even more than I thought I would. I was expecting an entertaining travelogue that would motivate me to go on a trip of my own, and Alastair definitely met that expectation. But I was happily surprised with how much time he spent discussing the challenges of balancing the “selfish” life of adventuring with aging, being married, working a job and having a family. He goes into great detail about his personal struggles with, what felt like, a life devolving into domestic mediocrity. It was encouraging to see, almost in real time, him working through his conflicting desires for happiness as he pivots from “living life for the next adventure” to “living an adventurous life”. This is a great read for anyone who has wanderlust, and required reading for anyone in a mid-life or transitional period.

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  • Katie
  • 2019-07-07

Another adventure with Al

I’m so glad Al’s books have finally started to come to audible. I have enjoyed reading every single one (including his kids books to my classroom). His story about balancing work, life, adventure, and family really hit home with me. I sympathize with his selfishness of adventure and freedom yet wanting to be a family man. Thank you for writing this book Al!

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  • Dariusz
  • 2021-11-30

it says so much and so well about my own life, too

It is written from the heart. Loved every bit of it and will listen to it all over again.

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  • CP
  • 2021-09-12

Really Enjoyed!

Really enjoyed the story and the way Alastair sets challenges for himself. Also find his honesty about his motivation refreshing. I have a better understanding of why people run grueling races, etc. I really enjoyed his first book and am enjoying the unfolding of the inner journey. Hope to see more from Alastair!

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  • J_M
  • 2021-02-16

A coming-of-age story

Alastair shares his struggles with transitioning from a life of being lone traveler, extreme adventurer to a husband and father. While most will never live his adventurer life, we’ve all had to cope with those transitions from one stage of life to the next.

This is a remarkably honest and illuminating look at Alastair’s own struggles and triumphs with life’s changes and provided helpful insights for my own life.

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  • Wesley
  • 2021-01-03

Meh

I always like Alastair's books. But I feel this story wasn't really enough to write a book about. He writes a little bit about his own struggles of living life at home it isn't the main theme and doesn't really get worked out throughout the book. So it kind of just hangs there. The main story of him going round towns to earn some money with playing the violin badly is fun, for about a chapter... not a whole book. I don't want to sound to negative. His jokes are spot on as always and his performance is great. The book, not so much.

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  • Aron L.
  • 2020-06-23

Amazing book from start to finish

Great book, it really captures the struggle of transforming from a constant adventurer to family life. At times I felt that Allister had put my exact current emotions directly into his book. I'll have to buy a paper copy to enjoy again.

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  • Justin Brown
  • 2019-06-04

it was a good book

but please give us a more gentle ending. I want to know more about your life and your miss. the ending came too quick. I'm interested in your new life.