Mark Eveleigh was brought up in West Africa, where he considered his life to be very much removed from the adventure stories of Willard Price and Gerald Durrell, and besides there didn't seem to be a niche in the market for explorers anymore. Nevertheless he left a job he could see was going nowhere and in his late teens set off travelling and spent the next decade on the road, working intermittently to raise the next airfare. As is so often the case, money was the limiting factor in how far off the beaten track he could go, until Heineken Export offered him a 'wildest dreams' travel bursary to reach the parts other explorers had not reached. And thus the Borneo trip was born. Mark currently lives in Madrid where he spends his time writing and planning the next adventure.
'Mark's unique blend of enthusiasm and humour is genuinely absorbing and immensely readable' Global Adventure Jan 2000 'Mark has the kind of itchy feet which will take more than a bucket of Johnson's baby talc to cure...he has not only stared death in the face, he has poked him in the ribs and insulted his mother.' Observer