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Publisher's Summary

This is the tale of an epic three-month adventure through unexplored jungle terrain – and it might even change your life.

Fuelled by a zest for life and the desire to explore the world around her, Pip Stewart took on a world-first challenge: following Guyana’s Essequibo River from source to sea. With the help of guides from the Waî Waî indigenous community, Pip and her teammates journeyed through the rainforest, facing peril every day as they kayaked rapids, traversed waterfalls and hacked their way through the mountainous jungle of the Guiana Shield, before finally reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Survival skills and a flesh-eating parasite weren’t the only things Pip took home from the rainforest. From contending with snakes to learning about the value of community, forgiveness and self-belief, in Life Lessons from the Amazon Pip shares many pearls of wisdom that we can all apply to our own lives. Her hard-won insights invite us to embrace the wildness within ourselves and live more every day.

Pip Stewart is a mother, partner, writer and chronic over-thinker. She has a degree in history and politics from Oxford and a master's in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Pip has cycled halfway around the world and completed a world-first paddle through the Amazon jungle. On one of her adventures she got a bit too up-close-and-personal with a sandfly and found a flesh-eating parasite munching through her neck as a result. After contracting leishmaniasis, Pip now campaigns to raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases. When not writing, she can usually be found outside with her partner, Charlie, and daughter, Willow. Connect and share your own adventures through life: @PipStewart.

©2021 Pip Stewart (P)2021 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“Exhilarating from start to finish. Pip shares her unique knowledge of this jungle frontier and takes us on a journey of discovery through some of the harshest terrain on earth. An incredible adventure.” (Levison Wood)

“Fascinating insights that I will apply to my own life.” (Ross Edgley, extreme adventurer and writer)

“A book with the power to inspire change.” (Helen Skelton, adventurer and TV presenter)

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  • Becky
  • 26-01-22

Honest, inspiring and authentic

Really enjoyed this inspiring adventure and the way Pip tells it was beautiful, funny, honest and authentic. I enjoyed the adventure, resonated with parts of your personal reflections and other parts made me think and gain perspective on my own life from you poignant quotes and lovely poems. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story, I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • joe taylor
  • 02-01-22

Inspiring (not preachy) & full of adventure!

I love travel writing so this book ticks a big box for me to start and I loved hearing about the wild nature of the forest which Pip brings to life with humour and very honest anecdotes of the “trials” the team put their bodies through on the expedition. The warm, friendly and philosophical characters all reminding of the wonderful people I met on a short trip to South America long ago.

But what I think really elevates this book is the way Pip sprinkles life lessons throughout the story. They’re all important lessons but shared gently and with a balanced perspective that I found made them so much more impactful and resonant than traditional “self help” books which I’ve always found too preachy.

It’s a heart warming book that reminded that we’re all flawed and human but that we have this incredible opportunity to enjoy this gift of life and that the most rewarding parts are when we feel connected to purpose, people and this beautiful planet. 🌍❤️

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  • Daniel
  • 21-12-21

Magnificently fragile and guilelessly wonderorous

The story hooks you with its honest approach. Whilst showing the breakages that fray to scars Pip lets you in, felling and carrying you through the damage that adventures can bring. It pierces and then pulls you up, a slingshot of hope, a tale that spells out a belief that humanity can still be remarkable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-22

Fantastic thought provoking read

I very much enjoyed every moment listening to this book. Pip's narrating was engaging and fun, the stories from the expedition interesting and eye opening and the lessons she highlights were each incredibly thought provoking. Definitely worth the read or listen.