Around the world in 80 days [Review]

October 24, 2018

Happy Thursday. If you enjoy books about adventures, then this is a book for you. I was so intrigued about the title and I wanted to know exactly how he broke a world record. I’m not a cyclist but this book captured me so much.


On Monday 18th September 2017, Mark Beaumont pedalled through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes earlier he set off from the same point, beginning his attempt to circumnavigate the world in record time. Covering more than 18,000 miles and cycling through some of the harshest conditions one man and his bicycle can endure, Mark made history. He smashed two Guinness World Records and beat the previous record by an astonishing 45 days.

Around the World in 80 Days is the story of Mark’s amazing achievement – one which redefines the limits of human endurance. It is also an insight into the mind of an elite athlete and the physical limits of the human body, as well as a kaleidoscopic tour of the world from a very unique perspective; inspired by Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel, Mark begins his journey in Paris and cycles through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China. He then crosses Australia, rides up through New Zealand and across North America before the final ‘sprint finish’ thorough Portugal, Spain and France, all at over 200 miles a day. This is the story of a quite remarkable adventure, by a quite remarkable man.

My Thoughts

Around the world in 80 days is written beautifully and I love that the author included every tiny detail about the preparation for this adventure, which might be useful to people who want to replicate or break this record. He did not shy away from mentioning that this was a teams work and on his own he wouldn’t have made it. He appreciated his team throughout the book. The planning part is part one of the book. 

When the journey started in Paris (which is part two of the book), at the beginning of the chapter, he states everyone who was working on that leg and their role. This ensured that most people involved in this project were mentioned at the end of the book. A map depicting where he cycled is included for each part of the journey.

Another that captured me about this books, was that its written in a diary format. At the end of the day he reflects on the experiences of the day and in the morning he does the same thing. I found this very relatable.

I was inspired by the motivation he had throughout this adventure. Even though at times he was tired, injured  and things working against him but he persevered which I really adored about him. It made me want to thrive for that perseverance in all the things I want to accomplish in my life and continue working towards them.

I’d really recommend this book, even if you are not a cyclist.


Book Details

Title: Around the world in 80 days: My World Record Breaking Adventure || Author:  Mark Beaumont  || Published: 26 July 2018 || Genres:  Guidebook, Travel literature, Adventure fiction || Pages: 396 || Imprint: Penguin Random House UK || Publicist: Anje Niemandt

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