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"A thrilling, coming-of-age journey that will make you yearn to go on your own adventures.” (Runner's World)

Anna was never anything like those "real" runners on telly - all spindly limbs, tiny shorts, and split times - but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometer-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder...perhaps being a "real" runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway? 

Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridgelines, over mountain passes, along beaches, and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometers in a day, she slept wild most nights and was taken into the homes and hearts of the Kiwi people in between. 

The Pants of Perspective is a witty, colorful, and at times painfully raw account of a journey to the edge of what a woman believes herself to be capable of. It is a coming-of-age story that will lead you on a roller-coaster ride through fear, vulnerability, courage, and failure. 

For anyone who has ever dreamt of taking on a great challenge but felt too afraid to begin - this story is for you.

©2017 Anna McNuff (P)2018 Anna McNuff

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"Beaming with limitless ambition, positivity and enthusiasm." (Women’s Running)

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High octane guff with a dangerous message

I admit I’m only about a third of the way through, so I’m hoping the key messages change by the end. If the writer is as badly prepared for her long distance wilderness run as she (repeatedly) tells us then surely she will be a lot wiser by the end. Now I don’t mind a bit of feel-good story polish but so far I’ve leant:
1. It’s fine to set out into the wilderness badly prepared.
2. Maybe don’t bother researching the trail you are doing, cos hey, that’s just amusing ditziness and not at all dangerous to you or others
3. Don’t take a GPS, because you not liking the way they ‘look at you funny’ is more important than not getting lost and putting others at risk when they try to find you. Ditto, help your folks back home feel you will be a bit safer if you get lost.
4. It’s fine to start out on something this strenuous and isolated without fully training with all your gear
5. In fact it’s fine to set out when you are injured because - presumably- positive thinking will help you. Putting people at risk to find you because you didn’t listen to your body is, again, fine.

So, the story. A lot of over the top ‘hey awesome’ and very little content or reflection. The descriptions of the landscape sound like they were added by another hand. Maybe they were and the author’s strength is running, not writing. But the disjunct is jarring at times.

I kind of wish I hadn’t paid money to encourage more of this.

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Awesome listen!

I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in running/ adventures/ challenges.
Read by Anna herself and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Anna in person it’s great to hear her reading this.
I have been listening to this whilst running and now I’ve finished it I’m eagerly awaiting the next instalment once completed the Barefoot Britain challenge! Go Anna - enjoy your adventures and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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Amazing, inspiring, down-right brilliant!

Absolutely LOVED this book! Anna reads aloud in a very animated and enthralling way - love the accents! This book has everything - even a love story!! An inspiring read and just loved listening to it on my commute - don't know what to do now that I've finished it!!

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Great story about a great adventure.

Excellent storytelling. Inspiring and funny. I still need to write five more words now though.

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Absolutely fabulous adventure

Anna McNuff is a legend! She’s got more enthusiasm in her little toe then I have in my whole body and it’s infectious. You can’t help get drawn in and invested in her journey (both the physical one and the emotional one). Please, please do yourself a favour and buy this book or the audio book read by Anna herself (or both, hey just buy both!!)

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A glimpse into the sort of adventure most of us just dream about!

I really enjoyed Anna’s book. She has accompanied me on my daily commute for the last few weeks and I’ve enjoyed it so much. Thanks, Anna. Looking forward to your next expedition!

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fabulous funny and inspirational

Absolutely love this book. its one that I will listen to again and again. Anna is truly inspirational even when things become a challenge she always found a way to continue and make the most out of ever situation.

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Amazing

Absolutely awesome book, storyline is great, reading voice is great. As a runner it Made me laugh as much as it did wince
Didn’t want it to end.

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Adventure envy

I am currently running 12 half marathons one every month to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity. Before December my long runs were 5 or 6 miles so its been a huge leap physically and mentally. Alongside my physical training I have been immersing myself in others adventures and challenges for inspiration. Anna's books stand out for the additional humour as well as the adventure. Rather than dry science you can get in some overly serious challenge undertakers she makes you want to be more resilient with her approach to adversity and her enjoyment of the adventure. Time on the treadmill or roads, definitely goes more quickly and you feel like you are on the adventure as she paints a great picture of the people and terrain.

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Lovely

This book was lovely and Anna's narration made everything so much more personal. Totally recommend it

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  • Kim
  • 09-12-18

I loved this book

The author reads the book with such enthusiasm and energy I couldn't stop listening. If you liked North by Scott Jurek you will like this even more.

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  • kiernan Gilbert
  • 09-04-21

loved it!

loved it! such a fun and inspiring book! It made me laugh out loud at parts!

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  • Nature girl
  • 03-04-21

Absolutely love Anna McNuff

I first listened to Anna’s adventures cycling in South America in Llama Drama, and loved her narration, her perspective and her giddy optimism so much that I had to listen to more! The Pants of Perspective is equally as enjoyable and thoughtful with the highs and lows, but always a beautiful lesson in the goodness of people and the power of determination and sheer willpower. Anna is amazing and I can’t wait to hear what she’ll get up to next!

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  • T. Doughty
  • 11-03-21

A joy to listen to

Loved listening to this while I was hiking. She has personality for miles and is great at telling her story. Happy to see she has a couple more to tell!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-21

Hell yeah mcnuff

At it again McNuff. Great books. Super entertaining narration. Love love love. Keep doing what you do. I’m about it!

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  • Gary
  • 26-02-21

I love Anna

I love Anna, And this is the third book of hers that I have read.

The humor, the self-deprecating wet, and her brutal honesty about her experiences make me excited to go off and have my own.

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  • Mikey
  • 08-02-21

I love this author!

I love this author and her stories of adventure travel! She does an amazing job as the reader and could (and do) listen to her for hours. Don't miss any of her books, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Julie Ann
  • 22-01-21

Like I was there...

amazing read! New Zealand is officially on my bucket list! Thanks Anna for such an inspiring story and for bringing me along on your journey!

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  • mprometeo
  • 25-12-20

Amazing!!

What a beautiful story. The author narrated the book and did an excellent job. The book was motivating and sincere. I can’t wait to drag the family to New Zealand for our own adventure!!!

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  • Son
  • 01-12-20

Splendid

I happened upon this book and couldn’t be more pleased - Anna’s a fantastic narrator who invites you to join her on an amazing quest.