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by Billy Connolly

  • ISBN: 0755319028
  • Category: Reference
  • Author: Billy Connolly
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
  • Other formats: lit mobi doc lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (July 9, 2010)
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • FB2 size: 1252 kb
  • EPUB size: 1670 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
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National treasure Billy Connolly is our personal guide through some of the world's most dramatic landscapes in the vast wilderness of the Arctic.

National treasure Billy Connolly is our personal guide through some of the world's most dramatic landscapes in the vast wilderness of the Arctic. In the summer of 2008 Billy Connolly sets sail on a ten-week journey from ocean to ocean: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by way of the North West Passage - a fabled route deep within the Arctic Circle that has thwarted explorers and fortune-hunters for centuries.

Just finished reading "Journey to the Edge of the World" and really enjoyed it. Famous Scottish comedian Billy Connolly embarks on his Canadian voyage to fulfill his childhood dreams of seeing the Northwest Passage and being a cowboy for a day in British Columbia. He takes us from fishing towns of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland, through freezing and windswept Nunavut Province and along the famous Northwest Passage, then onto vast Northwest Territories and gold-rush Yukon and finally to the wild and tranquil British Columbia.

Later on in the book, Billy Connolly learnt the trigger for the setting up of. .

Later on in the book, Billy Connolly learnt the trigger for the setting up of the Nunavut territory - in effect giving their own land back to the Inuit. He went on to Auyuittuq National Park, a beautiful Arctic wilderness, the name translating as "the land that never melts" although he observes wryly, "they'll have to change the name, it doesn't "perma" any more. Billy Connolly does not mince his words about the incoming whalers, who made a profitable industry before leaving, or the Canadian Government who took away the Inuit names and stole away the children to "educate" them.

Billy tells us the gripping story of his adventures in some of the remotest parts .

Billy tells us the gripping story of his adventures in some of the remotest parts of the world. In the summer of 2008 Billy Connolly set sail on a ten-week journey from ocean to ocean: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by way of the North West Passage - a fabled route deep within the Arctic Circle that has thwarted explorers and fortune-hunters for centuries. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers.

Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World is a four-part travel documentary series produced by ITV Studios, presented by Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly. In the summer of 2008, Connolly travels from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Canadian Atlantic coast through the notorious Northwest Passage to Vancouver Island on the Canadian Pacific coast

Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World Movie (2009) .

Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World Movie (2009). Comedian, actor and musician Billy Connolly braves the elements in this adventurous journey from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, via the legendary Northwest Passage. Now the Arctic is melting at a rate of 36,000 square miles a year and the journey is finally possible. For the first time, if you're quick, you can sail freely, if precariously, from Newfoundland right round to Vancouver.

Billy Connolly's epic adventure saw him navigate the North West passage . Billy Connolly's Journey To The Edge Of The World, Thursday, ITV1, 9pm.

Billy Connolly's epic adventure saw him navigate the North West passage, go seal hunting and stand on melting glaciers. A woman called Atuat Akkitirq measured his feet using her kitchen tiles, then rendered him speechless - no mean feat, it must be said - while she scraped and bashed the seal skin into shape, using her teeth. As part of his trek he journeys into the most unspoilt and unexplored place in the world - the Auyuittuq National Park in the Arctic Circle, carved out in the Ice Age two million years ago. Connolly fords the glacial rivers caused by global warming before camping overnight.

In Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World, Billy negotiates the much .

In Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World, Billy negotiates the much coveted passage inside the Arctic Circle which is choked with impenetrable ice for most of the year. The fabled passage through the Arctic Ocean was sought after for five centuries as a commercial sea route and claimed hundreds of lives of those trying to discover a navigable way through, but now global warming means that for a few weeks in the summer the ice melts and gives Billy a chance to make an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime journey

Other customers purchased In the summer of 2008 Billy Connolly set sail on a ten-week journey from .

Other customers purchased. Billy Connolly - Journey To The Edge Of The World. In the summer of 2008 Billy Connolly set sail on a ten-week journey from ocean to ocean: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by way of the North West Passage - a legendary route deep within the Arctic Circle that has thwarted explorers and fortune-hunters for centuries.

The very hilarious and idiosyncratic Billy Connolly guides readers through his gripping adventures and some of the world's most dramatic landscapes in the vast wilderness of the ArcticIn the summer of 2008 Billy Connolly set sail on a 10-week journey from ocean to ocean: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by way of the North West Passage—a fabled route deep within the Arctic Circle that has thwarted explorers and fortune-hunters for centuries. For Cook, Drake, and countless other adventurers, the North West Passage has been an alluring but impossible journey, a trial of unparallelled physical and mental strength, a haunting and fascinating wilderness. Now the Arctic is melting at a rate of 36,000 square miles a year and the journey is finally possible. For the first time, if they are quick, travelers can sail freely, if precariously, from Newfoundland right round to Vancouver. By plane, rail, road, and boat, along coastlines and across sweeping landscapes that represent the final Northern frontier of the inhabited world for both man and beast, Billy's adventure embraces a memorable mix of bizarre encounters, Hemingway-esque characters, incredible wildlife, forgotten languages, big game hunting, and all night carousing under the midnight sun. And he takes readers with him. He learns how to be a bear whisperer, pans for gold with prospectors, learns how to square dance, kayaks through ice floes between fishing trips, runs bare-assed into a sweat lodge, and attempts the finer complexities of the Inuit language. He jams with fiddlers, kisses a cod, goes hunting for Bigfoot, and invokes the spirit of the ancients while iceberg-harvesting. Billy goes searching for the beauty of ordinariness and bumps into all manner of weird and wonderful people along the way. With his infectious enthusiasm and idiosyncratic humor, this is more than just an informative and entertaining travel guide, it is also equally hilarious and poignant time spent with a truly unique citizen of the world.


Reviews about Journey to the Edge of the World: Adventures in the Arctic Wilderness (5):
Doomwarden
Billy Connoly is one of my all time heroes. This book is an excellent accompaniment to the video series he did with the same title. Watch the video series first, then read the book. Throughout the book he tells tales of his adventure acros the Northwest Passage and the people he meets, but then interjects commentary from his own life and opinion of matters happening during travel. I hear his voice in my head as I'm reading. I highly recommend the book, and the video series.
Rishason
Good
Dreladred
This is a great book of the unseen Canada, A must read for all of us that love Canada and those that are fans of Billy.
Gosar
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has comfortably morphed into a travelogue presenter - having done several TV series now in different parts of the world. This book is the literary companion to his journey through Canada and it gives the reader a very relaxed and conversational work to read. The enthusiasm of the man shines through, his love of the eclectic and the reader gets what comes across as a very personal take on what Billy saw, heard and thought as he made his way through what must rate as one of the most beautiful countries on the planet.

It should be noted that there isn't any real overriding sense of mission presented. The goal seems to be just to have a poke around Canada with some particular focus put onto the far north of the nation. And this certainly isn't a the sort of adventure the average punter could follow in the footsteps of unless they had some deep pockets given the remoteness of some of the places visited and the opportunities afforded Connolly due to the fact he had a camera crew in tow.

Those quibbles aside if you are familiar with Connolly then you know what you are getting, just in this case it's written down! The pages fly by mainly because his enthusiasm is so infectious. A small number of colour photographs are included and you'll probably end up with a few other books to chase down after reading this work.

Recommended for fans of travel books - a good gift idea.
Nettale
Saw the 5-part DVD special on PBS. It was incredible, so I had to buy the book as well. It is a great companion piece to the show. I also wanted my own copy of the DVD, but so far I have been unable to find a copy (Region 1) that will work in the USA. But I will keep on trying.

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