Yearly Archives: 2013



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Inspired by an image by 19th century, British photographer, Samuel Bourne, National Geographic author, Simon Worrall, sets off to find for the remote Himalayan monastery of Ki. Situated behind The Inner Line on the India-Tibet border, at over 14,000 ft., it is the highest monastery in the world. There, he discovers a 'Lost World' of pure Tibetan Buddhist culture that hardly exists in Tibet itself. Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, and full of affectionate portraits of the people and places he encounters, Journey to Ki will take you on an unforgettable journey to a place few travellers have visited ....

Journey to Ki: Highest Monastery In The World


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The story of the Pilgrim Fathers after they step ashore at Plymouth Rock is well known. But their English origins have received little attention. In this piccaresque travelogue, which combines humour with deep, historical research, critically acclaimed National Geographic writer, Simon Worrall, sets off for the village of Scrooby, in Lincolnshire, to unearth the true story of the Englishmen (and women) who founded America. The result is sure to surprise you ...

Pilgrims: The True Story Of The Englishmen Who Founded America ...




Prize-winning, young travel writer, Tara Isabella Burton, whom I have been mentoring since February 2013 recently wrote this about her experience: “Working with Simon was an absolutely invaluable part of my development as a writer. His depth and breadth of experience is staggering, and throughout our conversations, he’s not only […]

Thanks to Tara Isabella Burton


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In these three non-fiction stories, critically acclaimed National Geographic writer, Simon Worrall, takes the reader on an exciting journey to one of the world's last wild places: Belize. The first story, Hike Across The Vaca Plateau, describes a 20-mile trek through a remote part of the Cayo district, accompanied by a Mayan guide and a mule. On the way, Worrall brings to life the amazing wildlife of the region: jaguars and wild pigs, poisonous snakes and tarantulas. Journey Down The Macal River, the second story, is a hybrid: part travelogue, part investigative report. sent to Belize by the Guardian, Worrall travels down the Macal River, cutting between his adventures in the jungle and the murky story behind the construction of the ill-fated Chalillo Dam and its disastrous effects on the area's fauna and flora, above all the Scarlet Macaw. The result is a searing indictment of an ecological catastrophe. The title story takes the reader behind the scenes of Hollywood icon, Francis Ford Coppola's life in Belize, in which the great director talks about the best way to cook pasta, his disaffection with Hollywood, and how he has managed to stay married to the same woman all his life.....

Coppola In Belize (And Other Adventures)







Feel the roar of canons and the crashing of timbers, as critically acclaimed, National Geographic author, Simon Worrall, takes you aboard HMS Victory as she sails into the greatest sea battle the world has ever seen.Fought off Cape Trafalgar, in southern Spain, on October 21st 1805, between a British fleet commanded by Admiral Horatio Nelson and a Combined Spanish and French fleet, Trafalgar changed the world forever. Filled with vivid portraits of Nelson and his lover, Emma Hamilton, as well as the other commanders at Trafalgar, and gripping scenes from the heart of the conflagration, this short, richly illustrated book, delivers a compelling overview of a battle that changed the world. Where most writers have concentrated on the British side of the story, Worrall digs deep in French and Spanish archives to uncover fascinating, new material that shows the devastating human and historical consequences of defeat for Spain and France. The author is no armchair historian. Travelling through Britain, France and Spain, he takes the reader on a journey of discovery as he interviews leading experts in all three countries; drinks tea with Nelson's great-great granddaughter on the Welsh border; investigates the possible murder of the French admiral, Villeneuve, in Brittany; and joins the crew of a state-of-the-art research vessel, as it hunts for the wreck of the Spanish flagship, the Santissima Trinidad, off the coast of Cadiz. So, raise your anchor, and sail away ...

Horatio’s Finest Hour: The Battle of Trafalgar