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Fireside Reading: Man Tests by Graham Little

Book about how an ‘every man’ became an endurance event fanatic

GRAHAM Little has been a TV sports reporter and presenter for 13 years and he’s now written this brilliant first book called Man Tests.

It’s Graham’s own story of an ‘every man’ becoming an endurance event fanatic.

DSC_3164He was already an accomplished sportsman and keen adventurer, but what begins as a punt with a mate to give the Welsh 1000m Peaks Race ‘a go’ (spoiler: they end up getting hopelessly lost up the mountain and risking frostbite), starts to become an obsession, as Graham joins the burgeoning community of extreme sporting.

The book is about him testing himself  – he completes a triathlon, runs the famous desert Marathon des Sables (called the toughest footrace on Earth) and swims from Europe to Asia – all while trying (and usually failing) to fit in his training around family and domestic life (he’s a father of three).

mantestsIn the book he describes what drives some of us to give up modern comforts, and countless hours, in the name of adventuring and he also gives us his take on the modern phenomenon of pushing ourselves to the limit.

When he’s not asking himself ‘why am I doing this to myself?!’ Graham finds there is a common theme; it isn’t about being the fittest, strongest or fastest, but instead of having the simple primal joy that comes from risk, adventure and survival.

Published in trade paperback by Ebury Press | 30 June 2016| £12.99 | 9781785031953


About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.

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