A British doctor nearing 30 decides to bike around the world, an epic journey over six years spent exploring and volunteering his medical services throughout six continents, where he learns how societies treat their most vulnerable.
The 'little acts of charity' recounted in Fabes’ first book are quietly powerful. The British doctor’s Signs of Life is a plucky memoir about the six years he spent cycling around the world. His journey was eventful and sobering ... But this is not a dour book. Fabes is a winning storyteller, and when he arrives in a new spot, he gives us some irreverent local history ... For all its strengths, Signs of Life has a flaw that’s fairly common to memoirs: Some of its quotations feel a little too perfect ... like a punched-up version of reality. Though there’s no reason to doubt most of what Fabes writes, a no-nonsense fact-checker might have some questions for him ... there’s no denying that this is a bridge-building book.
Witty and wild, intrepid and inspirational, the book chronicles two parallel journeys: Fabes’ physical cycling tour of many countries and his look at health across the globe ... An entertaining and epic chronicle of a journey of extremes.
... an epic journey ... The author’s animated report of his trip of more than 53,000 miles—and the crossing of '102 international borders'—highlights perils and drama ... A brisk, panoramic view of peoples and lands.