Windhill21 Primary School teacher and Bishop's Stortford adventurer Jon Doolan edits The Biggest Book of... Yes
A Bishop’s Stortford adventurer has collated a new book celebrating fellow mavericks.
Jon Doolan, a teacher at Windhill21 Primary School, is the editor behind The Biggest Book of... Yes, which will be officially launched on August 1.
The 36-year-old father of one is a member of The Yes Tribe and wanted to showcase the extraordinary experiences of fellow fans of derring-do and create a new wave of writers whose stories can inspire others to say ‘yes’ to new opportunities.
The worldwide group to help people “redesign their lives better” was set up in 2015 by Dave Cornthwaite. In 2018, he joined Jon in Bishop’s Stortford for the launch of a typical challenge – using the River Stort for the start of a 1,000-mile waterbike relay.
The new book – the group’s third anthology – features 49 stories of adventure in all its wild, unpredictable forms, from rowing the Pacific and cycling across America to setting up a silent disco business and home-schooling children.
Themes include fighting depression, exploring meditation, overcoming illness, dealing with co-parenting and even how a tandem can nail your relationship goals when faced by a gun-slinging Georgian.
Jon, who is also an author, said: “Adventure is more than just travelling to new countries. It’s about stepping outside your comfort zone and challenging your limits, whether that’s home-schooling your kids for the first time or walking across Britain barefoot.
“This book is full of yeses. It’s a celebration of everything ‘yes’ means, what it can create and what it can become.
“Our diverse set of authors have taken the brave decision to share their personal and real-life experiences in the hope it inspires even just one person to take the leap and say ‘yes’ too.
“You’ll be moved, enlightened, you’ll laugh and no doubt cry as you follow and connect with our adventurers’ journeys.”
Dave said: “In my role as leader of such a fast-growing community, I am proud to see the third Big Book come to life.
“It’s an opportunity for people to become authors and share their real-life stories to in turn inspire others to dream, act and share – and find out what they’re truly capable of.”
Royalties from The Biggest Book of... Yes – which has been pulled together by a team of volunteers – will go directly to the Teddington Trust, a charity that offers support to children with xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare skin condition characterised by extreme aversion to sunlight. Proceeds will be used to create safe outdoor adventures for children with this condition.
* Pre-ordered ebook editions are available now at a discounted rate of £3.99. From August 8, ebooks will revert to the non-discounted price of £4.99. Print editions are priced at £19.99. For more details see https://www.facebook.com/groups/theyestribe/