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Steve Gurney, author of motivational multi-sport autobiographies Lucky Legs and Eating Dirt, famously won the gruelling Coast to Coast adventure race nine times, and has undertaken numerous outdoor challenges throughout the world — biking, running, kayaking, mountaineering. He continues to find new extreme challenges as well as speaking to many groups of all ages. An extreme sports icon who has moved from multi-sports to triathlons to adventure racing, this ever-popular larrikin and adventurer combines tales of derring-do with advice on resilience for the extreme athlete. See www.stevegurney.co.nz.

The Otago Daily Times said of Lucky Legs, ‘Whether you are an aspiring multi-sport athlete, someone who appreciates success that comes from hard work or you want an insight into an exceptional New Zealander, Lucky Legs is a great read.’

NZ Multisport called it a ‘motivational, funny, frank autobiography’.

Graeme Barrow, writing in the Hawke’s Bay Weekend, declared: Eating Dirt: Adventures and yarns from New Zealand’s action man ‘a remarkable book by a remarkable man’. The NZ Fitness reviewer wrote: ‘If you ever want to read about one of New Zealand’s most iconic adventure racers, then this is the story to read.’ Garth George, in the Bay of Plenty Times, welcomed the underlying message of not wrapping up children in protective cotton-wool but encouraging them to take risks, declaring: ‘I heartily recommend Gurney’s book … to all parents who care for their children’s future.’ Young Country concluded: ‘Easy to read and hard to put down, you might not agree with all his preachings but it is certainly thought-provoking.’

Books by Steve Gurney