Nala's World: One man, his rescue cat and a bike ride around the globe
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If you haven't been following what is really a very minor news story that's uplifting and cute, this book will not be interesting to you. Dean’s book for adults, Nala’s World, spent two weeks on the Sunday Times‘ bestseller list and has been translated into twenty-five languages. I always tried to get my own cat, Buddy, to cuddle up with me while I was reading this book, but affection is only on his terms. You will recognise a lot of yourself in him if you have a cat that is your most important "person" in the world. There are maps at the beginning of each part and black and white photos placed a quarter way through and again three quarters of the way through.
I look forward to reading more on their adventures that follow on from the end of this book and the places they'll explore together for hopefully many years to come. The last line of the book really sums it up for me and brought tears to my eyes: " Thanks, Nala, for waiting for me on that mountain that morning. This book is written with humour, passion and honesty, it's suitable for all ages and can be enjoyed as a memoir but also as a love story between humans and animals, a tribute to those that go above and beyond for both, and the fundamental good in people, on a global level. This completes Task 24: Read a book featuring a beloved pet where the pet doesn’t die, of the Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge. Dean Nicholson set off from his hometown of Dunbar, Scotland, in September 2018 to cycle around the globe.Seeing someone care as deeply as Dean does about the many animals he comes across on his travels, as well as Nala, was a joy to see, the world needs that awareness and compassion, now more than ever. At a time when life seems so heavy for so many of us, this book is a bright spot sure to lift your spirits. I also find it extremely spine tingling to read about his perspectives and experience about Covid almost one year ago from across the world. Dean's world travels were put on hold in March 2020 when COVID changed all of our lives, hence this is when the book ends.
Uplifting, inspirational, heartwarming, and just about every other adjective you can think of that expresses a superlative, this beautiful book is ultimately an extraordinary love story. I have followed them on Instagram since the Dodo video and it was fun to relive their adventures but also find out more about the what was going on behind the scenes and more about Dean’s thoughts on things. When Dean Nicholson found an abandoned kitten by the side of the road one day, he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from his unlikely companion, Nala.His biggest issues are when he needs to wait around in a scenic villa for several weeks to get the proper immunizations for his cat or recover from his latest injury that was made worse by him not listening to any doctor's instructions. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure fiction or anyone who needs to satisfy their travel bug. If you are a cat person, or an animal person, or just a person who has a pulse, I definitely recommend this book.
It is, however, a great story-- a simply told, clear, and inspirational tale of one young man at a loose end and the feisty kitten he rescues on a bike trip round the world. This book is not a travel guide to countries - as some people seem to think - but the daily encounters Dean faced traveling with a kitty in tow. The book takes you along for their adventures, from Dean setting out from his home in Dunbar, Scotland in September 2018 to the two of them ending up in lockdown near Budapest, Hungary in April 2020, as the world shuts due to the coronavirus pandemic.Soon on his travels with the cat he named Nala, they forged an unbreakable bond - both curious, independent, resilient and adventurous. About the Author Dean Nicholson was a manual labourer in his hometown of Dunbar, Scotland, when he set off in September 2018 to cycle around the globe.
Her books include The Journey Home, Dave's Cave and I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, which was named Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year 2018. Three months after leaving home, on a remote road in the mountains between Montenegro and Bosnia, he came across an abandoned kitten.
I also could not help thinking, the whole time I was listening to this book, just how many doors kept opening for this white guy.