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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

Critic Reviews

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

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Excellent Adventure Story

A very real telling of an epic adventure. McNuff doesn't shy away from the raw nature of epic trips with the physical, mental and emotional ups-and-downs that come with them. Very enjoyable and positive.
My only criticism is that she might be a touch exuberant at times when reading the story - a lot of yelling and whooping

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epic

loved this book, epic adventure and read beautifully, funny and inspiring would highly recommend! yay

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Great Listen!

Really enjoyed listening to this story! A great adventure told beautifully! recommend this read if you're looking for a bit of adventurous inspiration!

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third time around and still the best

i am listening to this again for the 3rd time now, and still l think it is the best thing i have ever heard. luv the honestly, the humour and i must say Anna's voice totally makes it even more special.

can not wait to see what is next, maybe something with the whole family.. bubs n all.

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Loved this book!

I originally downloaded this book on a whim looking for stories that featured New Zealand, and got a real treat with this one. Anna is a really entertaining narrator but also a great adventurer who is really self aware and insightful! Loved reading all about beautiful New Zealand from a perspective I really had never thought of, and am now feeling pretty inspired to go and walk (not run - Sorry Anna but I'm not crazy :) !) some of the Te Araroa trail myself when we're able to travel again. A great read.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Wonderful book highly recommended Full of honest and wonderful descriptions of the New Zealand Trail and the joys of ultra running

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Best book I have ever had the pleasure to hear!

Lved every minute. Thank you Anna for sharing your story & being so real! ❤

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An entertaining tramp

Join Anna for her 'tramping' adventures through New Zealand. Narrating with enthusiasm and gusto, she pops you in her rucksack and takes you along for the ride, delivering a very personal and intimate view of a long ( very long ) distance run. I'm going to get her cycling adventure next - putting my money where my mouth is :)

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Inspirational

Makes me want to find my own adventure! Anna shows that anything is possible and we all need to push our own experiences to find out what we’re capable of

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A breath of fresh air !!

What an adventure and more importantly how brave Anna is to run/hike/camp on her own in the great outdoors. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Anna tells a great story her voices and enthusiasm when reading keep you listening. Thanks for entertaining me while I ran.

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  • Kim
  • 09-12-2018

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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  • Michel
  • 07-06-2021

Second is as good as the first

No need to read Anna's books in order (although she does refer to her cross-USA bike trip briefly, a few times). I did not think I would be interested in this adventure as much as the first but it was equally good. Anna's reading makes you feel like she is telling you the story personally. In this book, she comes to important self-realizations but it is never heavy-handed. Her ability to run through pain, low spirits, hunger, and thirst were inspirational. The descriptions of New Zealand were amazing. Love this series and am on to the third.

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  • Cherie
  • 02-06-2021

I love Anna McNuff, She is amazing, and courageous

I loved this book. Her performance in her own life is brilliant and portrays passion and self reliance. amazing

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  • Erin Brady
  • 26-05-2021

awesome storytelling

the journey sounded incredible, and Anna's narration made me feel her excitement (and trepidations...) I looked forward to each time I had the opportunity to listen.

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  • Laura
  • 05-05-2021

Funny and inspirational

Wow! A great story and amazing narrating.
Anna has a way of bringing you along on her journey with honesty, humor and descriptive recollection of events. You do not have to be an adventurer or runner to enjoy this book! It’s really a wonderful story of enjoying the highs in life and pushing through the lows. You won't be disappointed!

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  • KCam
  • 23-04-2021

Anna is my spirit animal. 1000% recommend!

This reading just made me feel HAPPY everytime I turned it on. Her love of adventure, life, people and nature shine through. I have never enjoyed an audiobook more that I did this one. Anna is an enthusiastic, charismatic, exciting, and fun storyteller. I absolutely loved listening to her journey along the Te Araroa trail (a trail long on my own bucket list). Her ups and downs are told with such honesty that you feel like you're right there with her. By the time I reached the end I felt like I was saying goodbye to a friend and I was so sad! She did a quick encore with her signature "HELLLOOOO!" to ask you to leave a review. It was the last little bit I needed before I found (with great relief) that she has 2 other audiobook. I have no doubt they will be just as enjoyable to listen to as this was.

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  • kiernan Gilbert
  • 09-04-2021

loved it!

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

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  • Nature girl
  • 03-04-2021

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
  • 11-03-2021

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
  • 04-03-2021

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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  • Portia
  • 24-04-2020

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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  • A Terry
  • 13-04-2021

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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  • Louise Saxton
  • 10-04-2021

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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  • Jennie Raine
  • 04-04-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-03-2021

Lovely

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

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  • Mrs G.
  • 18-10-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2019

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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  • stephen du plessis
  • 15-12-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-2021

Anna is a Legend

An inspiring story. Made me get off my fat rear and go for a walk.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-2021

Loved it

I adored this book. Anna is hilarious and I've giggled away whilst listening in my car. Even if you're not a runner, you'll still adore this book and will feel like you're best friends with Anna by the end!

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