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  • The Pants of Perspective

  • One Woman's 3,000 Kilometre Running Adventure Through the Wilds of New Zealand
  • By: Anna McNuff
  • Narrated by: Anna McNuff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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The Pants of Perspective

By: Anna McNuff
Narrated by: Anna McNuff
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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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Anna what a loveble goof you are! Such amazingly positive person, love your book. I'll look forward to hearing your next adventure.

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Midway through this book I was inspired enough to have a go at trail running. It's tough different hard rewarding and I am ever so glad to have ventured out.

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couldn't put it down!

Loved it! very easy to listen to, I laughed, I felt it all. was great to picture all the places and experiences while I'm living in Australia for 2yrs having grown up in NZ. Great account of the reality of the Te Araroa trail and the seriousness of some parts.

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Entertaining, Authentic, narrated by author 🤩

❤️LOVE this book which literally takes you along for the Te Araroa trail journey with Anna "puppy" McNuff🐕 You will find yourself shaking your head, laughing and wondering if Jamie is the real deal😉

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Really enjoyable. Made me love NZ all over again

A fun adventure with our friend Anna. Makes you want to do this track and have your own adventures.

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Beautiful storytelling, the right amount of humour and inspiring adventure tales.

I happened to click on this Audiobook to start on a long run. It’s proven to be one of those books that I wanted to listen to all day, yet I wanted to savour it so that it didn’t end too soon. What a joy.

I’m inspired to go on more adventures.

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Inspiration at its best

The determination of Anna is sub-real. Makes us mortal appear like we should up our game.

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Extremely entertaining, relatable and just the right kind of crazy

Anna is a hilarious human being who writes fantastic books about her adventures. Her books will have you laughing out loud, tearing up and nodding your head vigorously whilst saying “yes, totally!”…out loud in your car…or in public because she is so wonderfully relatable. Anna let’s you into her brain as it is on trail, through her throught processes when facing a challenge like how to get through those big days or daunting scary sections of trail. It is a delightful and incredibly humanising read, love your work Anna!

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What an amazing adventure, if only I could let go and do something like this. The book gives the reader a real understanding of this truly amazing adventure. The author really takes you to New Zealand and the trails together with the people and the affect on the body and mind of the author

Just loved it

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Loved this book

A friend recommended this book and as an outdoors adventure type person I decided to give it a go. Well I was captivated on Anna’s adventure through NZ (I was born there). Her honest, open & brave story is very inspirational. I love her writing style about how she personalises/names objects, feelings & emotions. I am hooked on Anna McNuff & have now ordered all her books, shared them with my Mum (who also can’t put them down) and even listened to 3 of them with my husband in the car (he is also a fan, and trust me it takes a lot to impress him). Brilliant !

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