He was known simply as the Blind Traveler—a solitary, sightless adventurer who fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon and helped chart the Australian outback. Once a celebrity, a bestselling author and inspiration to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty James Holman outlived his fame, dying in an obscurity that has endured—until now.
These pages are devoted to the extraordinary James Holman, and to the bestselling biography of this nearly-forgotten man: A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler, by Jason Roberts.
An introduction to James Holman, from the book. In text and audio formats.
from the author
What was it like to research and write A Sense of the World? Read this account.
Hardcover, paperback, audiobook, ebook and foreign editions are catalogued here.
Was he really history’s greatest traveller? What were his own writings like? Experience the historical record for yourself.
Track the routes of the prodigiously restless Blind Traveller.
frequently-asked questions (FAQ)
Inquiries persistently posed of the author are answered here.
Learn more about the people whose lives intersected with Holman’s.
Critical opinion on A Sense of the World in the US press.
Commentary on the book from the rest of the world.
Articles, interviews, radio shows—even an avant-garde performance inspired by the book.
The audience responds.
Kind words from other authors.
A short Q & A with Jason, conducted for the American paperback edition.