REVIEW: The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff

Being in my early 20s with a screaming itch to travel but currently too afraid to actually bite the bullet. I’ve found myself searching for the stories of those who’ve dropped everything for jaw-dropping adventures, in hopes that their stories may inspire my own.

The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff

Title: The Pants of Perspective
Author: Anna McNuff
Publisher: Rocket 88
Release Date: 25th July 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 439 Pages
Rating: 5/5

“When I ran, I ran for pleasure. I didn’t run for times, to win, to impress: I ran for me. When I ran my bum cheeks rubbed together, so much so that if I was going on a long run I’d have to ‘lube up’. I maintained that I was not a ‘real’ runner – I just liked to run so that I could eat cake.” 

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-kilometre-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 ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometres 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, colourful 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 which 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. 


Inspiring, uplifting, and real. The Pants of Perspective is a beautifully written and brutally honest account of one woman’s 3,000km journey running the length of New Zealand. Yes, running.

Not only is Anna McNuff a total badass, but she’s also been generous enough to have put her entire journey down on paper for you and I to greedily consume.

Her descriptions of New Zealand’s landscape are sure to fill your soul with enough wanderlust to have you packing your bags before you’ve even finished reading.

Though repetitive at times, this is unfortunately the nature of the beast when you’ve done nothing but run for six months, and it does not take away from Anna’s inspiring journey.

Perfect for fans of travel, adventure, sport, and self-discovery. McNuff’s story will leave you itching to hop on the first train to whatever adventure your mind can dream up.

With its abundance of trails, tribulations, beautiful scenery, quirky characters, and even a dash of romance. This is a read that will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

What’s your favourite travel/adventure book? I’d love some recommendations!



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