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Features, blog posts, awards, interviews, podcasts, events and reviews…


01 Dec 2021

Feature for Adventure Cyclist Magazine… ‘Cycling across Mongolia, tested by winter, a cyclist finds solace in the turn of the seasons and the promise of change’

Signs of Life makes the shortlist for the Boardman Tasker Award

20 Aug 2021

‘Engaging, heartwarming, and often very funny, Fabes’ accounts of his journeys around the world on a bicycle, and the people he meets along the way, are culturally sympathetic, mature, and poignant.’

Winner to be announced at Kendal Mountain Festival in November

Paperback launch

1 July 2021

It’s not just floppier. The blue is bluer and the cover quotes suitably hyperbolic. Tad cheaper too

Adventurous Ink

28 May 2021

This month, Signs of Life is the Beyond Adventure book pick, a deeper read for members of Adventurous Ink, a book club for outdoor folk. I’ll be live in conversation with Tim Frenneaux on June 18th. Grab a free ticket here

Timber Festival

11 May 2021

Very excited to be involved in Timber Festival this July, in a year practically devoid of festival fun. It’s small, wild, great for kids, and has a cracking line up full of storytelling, art, woodcraft, music, spoken word, games and various adventures. Tickets here!

Travel Writing World Podcast

10 May 2021

A natter with Jeremy Bassetti on narrative pacing, blogging and more

Dromomania and the art of coming home

29 Mar 2021

I arrived home over five years ago now. Still, I am often reminded of how hard that transition has been. Here’s a piece I wrote for Adventure Medic on the trials of returning to work as a doctor (while cohabiting with my mum) after a long spell away

The Cycle Touring Festival

12-21 Feb 2021

The place to come for anyone planning, thinking about or dreaming of a bike trip once we’re finally free from lockdown. A virtual edition this year, but still tons of inspiration through talks, workshops, practical advice and storytelling. I’ll be talking about my book, as well as a chairing a session on the joys of wild camping.

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

29 Jan 2021

A chat with award winning broadcaster, poet, author and literary commentator, Paul Blezard. Live at 1pm and available on the website afterwards. It’s a superb line up this year, and all free. Grab a ticket here.

The Armchair Explorer Podcast

28 Jan 2021

Hugely enjoyed doing The Armchair Explorer, a very different breed of podcast. It’s adventure storytelling set to music and cinematic effects, and the host, Aaron, goes straight to the heart of the action.

Review in Deskbound Traveller

28 Jan 2021

Journalist and travel writer Michael Kerr reviews Signs of Life

My 2020

25 Dec 2020

A blog post I wrote for Cycling UK… looking back on a strange and tumultuous year

Review in

23 Dec 2020

Robbie Broughton from Ridevelo shares his thoughts on Signs of Life

Signed books for Christmas

10 Dec 2020

I’m posting out signed and inscribed books at present, a potential Chistmas gift?! Just drop me an email ( with your UK postal address by Dec 18th and I’ll send details of how to pay (it’s 15 quid a copy, 27 for 2)

Writer’s Reads

1 Dec 2020

Geographical Magazine has a review of Signs of Life this month, as well as the eight books I recommend, old and new, with their venturesome audience in mind.

Review in Cycle Magazine

26 Nov 2020

The December issue of Cycle Magazine carried a review of Signs of Life. And here’s an interview with Victoria Hazael for the website

A Field Guide to Whacking Squirrels and Marrying Trees

20 Nov 2020

In August, I cycled to Devon, a pleasant and oddly eventful journey, recounted here, in a blog post

Kendal Mountain Literature Festival

19-29 Nov 2020

This one has gone online. A ticket to the literature festival gives access to over 30 events including panel discussions, book launches, interviews and the prestigious Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature. You can catch up on-demand until Thursday 31st December

Book review in the TLS

6 Nov 2020

Another kind review… The Times Literary Supplement, and a punchy headline too: Megacolons!

Riding Out

4 Nov 2020

A photostory of a winter crossing of Mongolia

Postcards from the road

3 Nov 2020

A radio show for WAMC / Northeast Public Radio, a regional public radio network serving seven northeastern US states

UK launch of

2 Nov 2020

This could be a game changer…. a socially conscious way to buy books online which increases royalties for authors and also supports independent bookshops. If you want a copy of Signs of Life, head here!


27 Oct 2020 6:30 – 7:30

I’ll be speaking at the famous travel bookshop, and in person! Tickets here

Book review in Life In The Fast Lane

26 Oct 2020

A lovely review from the popular medical blog… ‘If, like me, you have a hankering to lose yourself in the wilderness, to race semi-naked into uncertainty, beating your soft city chest and howling at the moon, this book can let you imagine it.’

Reviews on literary blogs

23 Oct 2020

Chuffed to receive kind words from Bookish Beck and Half Man Half Book

World Extreme Medical Conference 2020

17 Oct 2020 4pm

I was chuffed be invited back to WEM, always an inspiring couple of days. Virtual this year though stunning stories and seminars guarenteed. Get your ticket here

Interview in Sidetracked

14 Oct 2020

Some thoughts on how cycling around the world shaped my perspective in the pandemic, the evolving role of the travel writer and the problems inherent in mainstream adventure culture 

Waiting Room

10 Oct 2020

For the Love Issue of NB Magazine, I was asked to write a piece about why I love, and wish to protect, the NHS. Here’s my take on it…

Tales of Adventure – talk

6 Oct 2020 7pm

With Charli Skinner and Chris Shirley. An online evening of adventure stories. Grab a ticket here

Insight Magazine (MDDUS)

28 Sep 2020

Interview for Insight Magazine, a publication from the medical defence union MDDUS

The Moth International Mainstage

26 Sep 2020 19:15

Delighted to be invited to perform a story for The Moth, a coveted gig on the mainstage and live on Zoom. The theme is Bound and Determined: Stories of Breaking Loose. Tickets here.

5 star review on The Bookbag

23 Sep 2020

A lovely review from The Bookbag ‘Signs of Life is the kind of book we need right now’…

Budleigh literary festival

20 Sep 2020

If ‘author’ is a still an odd-fitting identity, a literary festival helps. This was a lovely chat with fellow author and winner of the Trancon bike race Emily Chappell and journalist Julia Wheeler. Available until 30th September and entirely free

Cycling podcasts

7 Sep 2020

I’ve been on a podcast bender recently, and here’s some with a cycling theme. On The Cycling Europe Podcast, I talked with Andrew Sykes in Hyde Park, who was at the end of his own tour to the four British capital cities. We covered homecomings, life on the road and much more besides. I also raced around the world with Sean Lally on the fantastic Cycle Systems Academy Podcast and my book was reviewed on The Outspoken Cyclist (episode 29/08/20. Final 10 minutes)


10 Aug 2020

In February, before a certain virus cleared my diary of races, I ran in the Armagh 5k, which might just be the world’s fastest 5k race on the road. Here’s an article I wrote for Tracksmith about how it went down, epic pile ups included

The meaning of adventure

07 Aug 2020

A short piece I wrote for Adventure Uncovered

Sky News interview

06 Aug 2020

Interview on Sky morning news with Niall Paterson

The Book Launch 

06 Aug 2020

Today: lift off! The official online launch is Tuesday Aug 11th 8pm (UK time) and signed copies of the book will be available. A limited number of tickets are available here.

The Times interview

03 Aug 2020

Scrubs and Lycra: the biking doctor. Interview with Damian Whitworth in The Times

The countdown begins

16 July 2020

There’s 20 chapters and 20 days to go until the book launch. I’ll be posting one photo per chapter/day on the facebook page

The Explorer Series

1 June 2020

Featured on the Explorer Series of Instagram videos from Mr Fogg’s Collection

Telegraph feature

23 May 2020

How will the pandemic change the NHS and what does that means for us? Here’s the full text of my feature for the Telegraph Magazine

Twitter Q&A at the virtual Cycle Touring Festival

25 April 2020

Myself, @JulianSayarer and @CarbonCycleKate tackle ‘can a bike ride a change the world?’ – with reference to our particular obsessions: health, human rights and the environment

Guardian Op-Ed

23 April 2020

Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for The Guardian on the uncanny calm of London A&E departments and what this could mean as we move into the next stage of the pandemic

Pegasus Books acquire North American rights to Signs of Life

Sep 2019

Chuffed to announce that Pegasus Books will be publishing Signs of Life in North America. Launch date TBC

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