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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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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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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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I love Anna

I love Anna, And this is the third book of hers that I have read.

The humor, the self-deprecating wet, and her brutal honesty about her experiences make me excited to go off and have my own.

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I love this author!

I love this author and her stories of adventure travel! She does an amazing job as the reader and could (and do) listen to her for hours. Don't miss any of her books, you will not be disappointed.

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Like I was there...

amazing read! New Zealand is officially on my bucket list! Thanks Anna for such an inspiring story and for bringing me along on your journey!

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Amazing!!

What a beautiful story. The author narrated the book and did an excellent job. The book was motivating and sincere. I can’t wait to drag the family to New Zealand for our own adventure!!!

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Splendid

I happened upon this book and couldn’t be more pleased - Anna’s a fantastic narrator who invites you to join her on an amazing quest.

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Fun listen to pass the time..

Anna's rendition brought a smile to these 69 years old lips many times - She has a way of conveying herself that I really appreciate. Ebullient... mostly.. The story is a solid rendition of her experiences which I enjoyed and found inspiring me to step out into the world a bit more. A super listen, I've just bought her cycling book and I wonder about her other experiences- running barefoot across Britain- I mean...who does that..?! I listen wistfully as she recounts experiences where a network of friends help and encourage her. Nice to have that...

Anyway, I glad I listened and was distracted, cheered and inspired. At 69 I'm trying to learn endurance sports and listening to Ann while running or cycling is a wonderful enhancement to the endeavor. I hope for more...

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Happy read

Absolutely loved it! Anna delivers a delightful story of her journey with such a great perspective and humor! Very inspiring too!

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Love Anna’s books!

So fun! Love to listen to Anna’s adventures while I’m out running!! She is fabulous! Looking forward to more!

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  • 04-24-20

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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  • Mrs G.
  • 10-18-19

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
  • 02-27-19

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
  • 12-15-18

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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  • Rescue rabbits please
  • 02-23-21

Brilliant tale, inspiring, funny, moving

highly recommended! Love all of Anna's books!! I really hope that she writes many more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-15-21

this was amazing ...

absolutely loved this, the details, the passion and the laughs.
has given me my running mojo back too

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  • Sabo
  • 02-03-21

Big panted brilliance

Warning! do not read unless you want to have your inner adventurer woken! A great, funny honest story of Anna's journey across New Zealand. The people she meets come alive and you feel like she is carrying you in her heavily laden rucksack for the whole 3000km. The highs and lows of a one woman adventure are a great get away. Read by Anna herself really does make this book come alive. Cant wait to read the rest of the books by Anna

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  • C Trebilco
  • 02-01-21

Brilliant book to run to!

Really enjoyed this book. Easy listening, motivating and inspiring with a good sense of humour.

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  • Foufouti
  • 01-24-21

Loved it

Amazing book, inspiring, motivating, nicely read by the author herself. She is a hero. I loved it.

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  • Alison
  • 01-20-21

Inspirational

Absolutely loved this ❤️ inspirational story, didn't want it to end, made me go out and buy some new running shoes and name them Cliff and Hanger.

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  • josephine
  • 03-04-21

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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  • Mike Pickavance
  • 02-18-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-21

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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  • Christopher L Wakefield
  • 01-10-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-28-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

Entertaining and honest

Anna McNuff is hugely entertaining and honest in matters of her running and her life. No BS just a great tale of learning some big lessons on a trail in NZ. Loved this book all the way to the end, even the closing comments about her abilities as a narrator - which if you want to know are just perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-20

Just what I needed

Dear Anna,
not sure if you actually read all these as I’m sure you are extremely busy off adventuring somewhere else but I have to say I enjoyed your book immensely!!!
Firstly the fact that my husband and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary in the South Island last year ( we honeymooned in the north island 10years previous) and hearing your amazing descriptions made it feel like I was right back there in what is one of the most amazingly beautiful, stunning we’ll actually words don’t cut it at all but this country equally captured my heart and I thank you for taking me back there in my mind at least.
Secondly I am only 6 weeks in on a dream I have to run a marathon..... not anything as grand as your feat but I’m 53 yrs old and far from athletic, my reasons are very personal and want to do it to raise money for charity and to honour the memory of my brother, I lost him far too young.... he ran marathons and being that I have one of his medals which is one of my most treasured possession I thought I could actually do this!!! I could raise some money and also complete something he accomplished and fully know what he must of felt. I want to make him proud and perhaps also feel some of the contentment you talk off once you sat at the lighthouse at the end of the NZ trail.
Anyway my training has been on hold as I’d had a set back and hurt my lower back at work and haven’t been able to train this past week....I felt miserable and defeated but listening to your book has inspired me to keep going with the training... I ran again today and it feels great to be back out there....
Thank you again and good luck in all you do... you are truly inspirational and a breath of fresh air. I honestly don’t know how you managed it but your thought processes seems to of been a source of power and some I may be borrowing!!!
Thank you again Anna...
Jules Perth Australia (formerly Somerset UK).

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  • Samantha Jenkins
  • 09-16-20

INSPIRATIONAL!!!

Absolutely awesome book , kept me going whilst I was walking and running during lockdown in OZ can’t wait to hear any further adventures

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  • Hayley
  • 09-01-20

love it

amazeballs fun and loved learning about my own country through her adventures. Now looking for my next McNuff adventure book.