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Peter Baker grew up in East Anglia and read physics at Durham University

Peter Baker grew up in East Anglia and read physics at Durham University. After graduating he moved to Asia, working as a science teacher in India and (briefly) as a club singer in Bangkok.

The Jolly Pilgrim: A True-Life Travel Story. Travel and Philosophy.

Just finished the JOLLY PILGRIM by Peter Baker, a smart man I meet . .t a non profit dinner Lovely thoughts on The Jolly Pilgrim from Tarik Burns, from Australia, who despite being in the book, has only just read it: .t a non profit dinner. Took my time in sections 4 and 5. I fancy myself a non judgmental big picture thinker but he made me realize I am only at the mezzanine level.

The Jolly Pilgrim book. See a Problem? We’d love your help. Part adventure story, part reflection on the state of our species, this. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Select Format: Paperback. ISBN13:9781906316853. Release Date:August 2011. Publisher:Hothive Books.

ISBN 10: 1906316856 ISBN 13: 9781906316853. Publisher: Hothive Books, 2011.

The Jolly Pilgrim’ is a two-year, round-the-world, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll travelogue extravaganza, which also contains philosophy. Above is the author talking about the book’s philosophy. National Geographic Traveller. Redbrick Travel (The University of Birmingham). Reading this book may change the way you think about the world.

'The Jolly Pilgrim' is a travel-philosophy memoir, made up of the 100+ emails written during the round-the-world-adventure, combined with the author's reflections of that journey, which set out a profoundly optimistic world view based on history, prehistory, anthropology and environmental science.

The Jolly Pilgrim is a carefully crafted, humorous and thought provoking book, outlining the author's views on human civilisation framed within the trial and tribulations and occasional hedonism of a two year worldwide adventure. The construction of these two literary threads is initially biased towards Peter's travelogue diary, while he gradually introducing the philosophical elements. As the book progresses then the scope of the narrative on the 'Human Project' builds progressively to the conclusion. On reading the book it makes one appreciate the context that modern day global issues such as the economy, capitalism and global warming need to be placed, ie the big picture. As a geoscientist, I have to agree with Peter's outlook, our dear Earth is an enduring rock, that has experienced far more significant shifts in atmospheric composition and average temperatures, even catastrophic extinction events, but life as progressed - the project has continued. The Jolly Pilgrim is a refreshing and engaging read and strongly recommended!
How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world!

The ad for this book should read "Tired of daily drudgery? Can't see the point any more? Feel like quitting your job and taking a holiday? Save yourself time and money, read this book!"

Utterly fascinating and compelling (and hugely provocative)- I found the Jolly Pilgrim's colourful adventure more informative and stimulating than my average arts degree. It is a massive rebuttal to current thinking i.e. that we are doomed economically and environmentally. I have not read a more topical or a more hopeful book.

Like the best holiday it is a mixture of challenge, revelation and pure escapism and you come back from your trip with renewed energy and sense of purpose. It stays with you.
I read this in one day, because it's one of those books that I just couldn't put down. It takes you on a compelling adventure, starting with the entertaining jaunt from London to Istanbul by bike, then the thrills and spills of Asia and Australia, and finishing up with the meditative sections at the end while the author was in South America, engaged in a detailed assessment of the past and future of human civilisation.

Excellently written, thoroughly engaging, deeply thought-provoking. You'll be happy you bought this book.
I worked with the author for a period of time in London, and signed up to his mailing list. I was interested to read his book on its publication, and it was a real joy. Peter's light-hearted approach to life really came across in the book, and the tales of his travels were genuinely engaging, not a cliché in sight.

The author's economic ideas are well thought out and he takes a real positive view of the world, and the situation that we are in. The book is very accessible and a very worthwhile read.
Perhaps this is more of a reflection of my usual reading material, but I find it unusual to find a book that manages to be both informative and thought provoking whilst simultaneously managing to be quite entertaining and funny. I found this book to do just that. Undoubtedly it contains sufficient breadth of subject coverage to keep most readers happy and will no doubt stir reaction in everybody, albeit over different points. Overall, an uplifting narrative.
The Jolly pilgrim really takes you on a journey, it's funny, thought provoking and surprisingly informative.

It's probably best described like Cathedral. Expertly crafted, intricately linked and developed over a long period of time. All of which allows you the reader to stand back and enjoy the view effortlessly.
I really enjoyed this book, I would highly recommend it.