Running with the Moon
A Boys Own Adventure – Riding a Motorbike through Africa
(William Heinemann 1995)
Jonny Bealby was devastated when his fiancée, Melanie, died expectedly while they were travelling in Kashmir. Two years later and still heartbroken and utterly disillusioned, he took on a challenge of a lifetime. Setting off with only his motorbike for company, he began and daring and dangerous journey around the African continent in a desperate attempt to unearth some meaning in his life.
Honest and passionate… one of the best travel books I’ve read.
Bealby handles this tragic tale with endearing honesty and tenderness. It’s the romantic’s naivety, not to mention his irrepressible energy, optimism and courage, which charms the reader.’ Daily Telegraph
Bittersweet, bold and beautifully told, Running with the Moon is a story of true love and loss, of exploration, adventure and courage.
An intriguing and poignant record of one man’s journey’ Impact
Silk Dreams, Troubled Road
Love and War on the Old Silk Road – On horseback through Central Asia (William Heinemann 2002)
‘The first time I met Rachel I knew I was in trouble.’
Whilst in Islamabad investigating the possibilities of setting up an adventure travel company, Jonny Bealby met the woman of his dreams. Not only that, but Rachel was the person with whom he could live out his dream – to travel the Old Silk Road on horseback. On his return to Pakistan that Christmas however, Jonny was faced with those dreadful worlds: ‘I’ve met someone else…’
Not only a stimulating travelogue, Jonny and Sarah’s adventure is an intriguing and heart-warming illustration of human relationships as they are tested to their limits. An absolute page turner… I found myself firing through the ‘travelling’ passages so that I could get to the latest camp-fire dust-up. Wonderful descriptions of the Mountains of Heaven and the ancient city of Samarkand.’ Wanderlust
With his heart fixed on the journey, as well as the possibility of a TV deal, Jonny set out to find a quixotic stranger as his companion. In no time he found Sarah – attractive, warm and funny – the perfect candidate for a probable romance. Unfortunately, thought, during their search for Heavenly Horses that would carry them across the Mountains of Heaven, their fledgling friendship was beset by problems of communication, inexperience and the difficulty of adapting to radically different cultures and surroundings.
A truly engaging book’ Daily Mail
Reads like a cross between Ray Mears Extreme Survival and Streetmate… An incredible adventure.’ OK!
For A Pagan Song
In the Footsteps of the Man Who Would Be King – Travels in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan (William Heinemann 1998)
For A Pagan Song tells the story of how Jonny Bealby follows in the footsteps of his two heroes from literature, travelling across remote parts of India and Pakistan and into war-torn Afghanistan. Picturing himself seated by a roaring fire, listing to the song of a pagan chief, Jonny sets out to find the ancient tribes of Kafiristan – and discovers himself along the way.
A rollicking tale… No one has written a better travel book about the region since Eric Newby came down from the Hindu Kush.
‘Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King is a classic tale for the golden age of Victorian adventure. By following in the footsteps of Peachey Carnehan and Daniel Dravot, Jonny Bealby courageously echoes the spirit of those daring times.’ Michael Caine
Entrancing, compelling, completely engaging. The very best of the summer’s travel books. Daily Mail
A superb and truthful book… I cannot remember the last time a travel book had me laughing out loud and in tears by the end. Extremely worthwhile and memorable. Traveller