Books by Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

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The Avant-Garde life is available as a free (always and forever), digital download from Great Big Scary World.

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Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to disregard everything society has tried to teach you? Could you really give up on your career in search of adventure and a life that you want to live, rather than the one that has been laid out before you?

This is a publication for dreamers. If you have ever thought about quitting your job and jumping into the world but never done it, this might just give you the push and confidence that you need. Using rational thinking, The Avant-Garde Life breaks down every possible barrier and encourages you to overcome them. This is about more than a single journey: this is a way of life. A happy, fulfilled life.

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The Boy Who Was Afraid of the World is available from Amazon in digital or paperback formats.

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You can also download a free sample of the book.

Synopsis: As a child who suffered from crippling and irrational fears, Jamie was not the typical candidate to start hitchhiking alone through Europe. Yet at the age of 25, tired of a mundane life involving routines and comfort, he gave up everything and put his trust in the goodness of strangers.

Told in the first person, this true story encapsulates the dizzying highs and desperate lows of what happens when a fearful individual chooses to let go of everything and travel alone through the world, sleeping under the stars and in the homes of strangers. It is a story about places, about people, about the constant internal battle that occurs during six months on the road. This is not an epic adventure or a travel diary. This is not a story about defeating fear and being courageous. This is an internal roller coaster spread across a whole continent. This is real life, and sometimes real life is big and scary.

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Across the Moon is available from Amazon in digital or paperback formats.

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Synopsis: “Guided tours, luxury hotels, technology that tethers us to society at all times of day. As people, we have become swaddled infants, overprotected and under-pushed, living inside a bureaucratic temple of paper forms. We are capable of climbing great mountains, of walking great distances, of surviving many days without takeaway food or a shiny kitchen, yet we praise ourselves for an hour in the gym or a short run. ‘Well done,’ we say smugly, before taking a hot shower and drying off with a clean towel. Then we sit inside, turn on the television, and wait for tomorrow’s sweat. We have forgotten what it feels like to enter nature, walk in the rain without an umbrella, and sleep beneath the stars. The world is the most beautiful of places and waits for us with open arms, breathing awe and joy into all those who dare to embrace it.”

Faced with the question of what to do with his life, Jamie decided to break it down into something more manageable and instead, asked himself, ‘What do I want to do next with my life?’ The answer was to walk across Iceland. A journey of dreams and a comedy of errors, two unprepared brothers from a small village in rural England decide that for the first extended walk of their lives, they will attempt to cross a whole country on foot. Starting their journey simply by following a compass north, they soon encounter erupting volcanoes, glacial rivers, and a moonscape like no other. This is a story of wind, of walking, and of being a brother. Surviving is easy. It’s living that is the difficult bit.