May 6, 2013. BillyFish Books editor Tammie Stevens and I are delighted to announce that Dark Waters, first in The Expedition trilogy chronicling the first human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth, has won the First Horizon Award for the current Eric Hoffer Award season.
The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors. It honours the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.
“When does a journey become an expedition? It happens when the path leads into the unknown and often life-threatening territory. When does a memoir become a story? It happens when the life events become compelling. Lewis’ book has it all—expedition and story. In 1995, Lewis and his cohorts ventured to conquer perhaps the Earth’s last circumnavigational frontier: a complete trip around the globe using only human power. Beginning in England, the expedition employed boots, bicycles, in-line skates, and a variety of watercraft, and took more than thirteen years to complete. As members of his team fell away, Lewis battled nature, man, political forces, severe injury, and his own will to proceed, while at times narrowly escaping death. This first installment, Dark Waters, takes us over the Atlantic Ocean in a pedal boat and across the continental United States where Lewis’ legs are snapped, literally, while in-line skating through Colorado.”