Graeme Chapman MBE is a legend in the UK business supplies industry and a former Chair of the BOSS Business Supplies Charity.
Throughout the course of his long and successful career, he has won many awards, plaudits and friends – while picking up a lot of stories and anecdotes on the way.
Graeme’s recently published memoir, By Thumb to the Lowest Point on Earth, is drawn from before all of that began. Aged 20, and in what he calls “a gap year before gap years were invented”, Graeme hitchhiked over 6,000 miles through 21 countries – from Liverpool to the Middle East and back again.
On the way he encountered fights, attempted muggings, vehicle crashes, aerial bombing from enemy planes and all matter of other hazards. The young adventurer, by mischievous methods, found his way into one of the most prestigious archaeological digs in the Middle East – and even into the home of an Israeli cabinet minister. He also rubbed shoulders with both The Beatles and Yasser Arafat.
Awarded the MBE for his Charity fund raising in the Millennium Honours list, it is no surprise that Graeme has insisted that all proceeds from sales of his book should be shared between the Institute of Cancer Research and the BOSS Charity.
If you have ever sat down and talked with Graeme, you may have heard some of these stories: but you won’t have heard all of them! By Thumb to the Lowest Point on Earth gives you the chance to travel with the best of companions back in time to a very different – and remarkable – world.
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