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A flight-free adventure
around the world
by Ed Gillespie

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In an inspirational tale of global adventure, Ed Gillespie takes anything but a plane to circumnavigate the world.

From cargo ships to camels, hitch-hiking to hovercrafts, Ed proves that getting there really is half the fun. Follow his epic tale, across shamanic lakes, Mongolian deserts and jungle volcanoes. Meet grizzled sea-dogs and drunken smugglers, billions of butterflies and peckish pythons.

This modern world fable is about the exhilaration of taking it slow, and about rediscovering hope for humanity and for the planet we all share.

Ed Gillespie

Born in Norfolk and trained as a marine biologist Ed concluded he was going to spend the rest of his life saying ‘if you don’t stop catching all the fish, there won’t be any fish’.

So he co-founded Futerra, a communications company with a mission to make sustainable development so desirable it becomes normal.

Ed has worked all over the world, from Jamaica to New Caledonia. He is also a London Sustainable Development Commissioner and Chairman of specialist European rail booking business

“With a shaft or three of enlightenment, a healthy dose of irreverence, Only Planet inspires us to carry on living, loving and travelling well”

— Jonathon Porritt —

“An inspiring reminder of the adventures and experiences to be had, if you just avoid that airport security queue!”

— Mark Smith —

the Man in Seat 61

“With wit, welly and wisdom, Ed reveals the fine-grained texture of the world at ground level. Required reading for the slow traveller”

— Carl HonorÉ —

best-selling author of ‘In Praise of Slow’