"An epic challenge."
– Bear Grylls
“A brisk, panoramic view of peoples and lands.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Witty and wild, intrepid and inspirational, the book chronicles two parallel journeys: Fabes' physical cycling tour of many countries and his look at health across the globe...an entertaining and epic chronicle of a journey of extremes.”
– Tony Miksanek, Booklist Reviews
Quietly powerful. Signs of Life is a pluck memoir. Fabes is a winning storyteller. During his jrouney, Fabes battled injuries, infestations, and Dengue fever. Yet his travelogue retains its bighearted humor.
– The Star Tribune
"A fever dream for armchair travellers, a dizzying, headlong, hilarious grand tour of six years on two wheels. I lost a couple of days to it and on emerging from its pages the world had become richer and more marvellous. Signs of Life deserves to become a classic of the genre."
– Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being
"What begins as a journey of self-discovery becomes a thoughtful exploration of humanity. Fabes is great company and makes riding bicycles seem like the best way to see and understand the world."
– Ben East, The Observer
"An inspirational journey of humanity and humility. Fabes has redefined the medical memoir."
– Nathan Filer
"A clever and entertaining book. Fabes has a gift for describing landscapes … but he isn’t afraid to share those lurid medical anecdotes we all crave."
– Jonathan Drummond, The Times Literary Supplement
"Stephen has managed to beautifully combine travel, medicine, life and loss all in this epic tale of adventure. It made me smile, laugh, want and cry. Bloody brilliant."
– Matt Morgan, author of Critical
"I absolutely loved this book. Full of rich, vivid descriptions of people and landscapes, interwoven with wisdom and compassion."
– Mike Carter, author of One Man and His Bike
"The humour, humility, and self-awareness reminded me at times of Eric Newby. Local history, politics and anecdote are woven together, introducing the reader to a world most will never encounter, and I for one felt richer for the experience. It’s hard to believe this is Stephen’s first book; I sincerely hope it’s not his last."
– Sam Jones, Cycle Magazine
"A charming, human story of resilience, adversity and compassion, with a good dose of dry humour."
– Lois Pryce, author of Revolutionary Ride