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Benedict Allen at Cheltenham Literary Festival

4th October 2011


Benedict Allen, adventurer, author and corporate speaker, announces the release of his new book, Into The Abyss, at the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

Benedict’s latest adventure was to cross the Gobi desert – alone. He dreamt of the ‘exquisitely peaceful land of wild camels and nomads’…but his paradisiacal dreams were soon dispelled when he encountered his camels – Bastion – inept; Bert – one-eyed and Jigjik – desperate to escape.

But with only six weeks to cross the desert, Benedict accepted his lot and set off across golden sands, under blue Mongolian skies – isolated, vulnerable and free.

Sporting personalities Mike Atherton and Rory McGrath will also be in attendance at the festival, alongside TV adventurers Ben Fogle and Ranulph Fiennes; comedians Marcus Brigstocke, Julian Clary and Dave Gorman; political bods Michael Portillo and Alistair Darling; TV faces Terry Wogan, Jeremy Paxman, Clarissa Dickson-Wright, Duncan Bannatyne, Dan Cruickshank, Ian Hislop and Kate Humble and authors and journalists, Will Hutton, Andy McNab, Will Self and Simon Jenkins.

The Festival returns for its 62nd year with a heady brew of the best writers, thinkers and agenda-setters brought together for a scintillating 10 days of discussion and debate.

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