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“Isabella was an adventure junkie. She became alive in her body when she was in the wild”

LINDA BALLOU (left) tells us about the exploits of the 19th-century British adventurer Isabella Bird, whose journeys are retraced in a new BBC series

Trailblazers sees Ruby Wax, Melanie Brown and Emily Atack travelling in the footsteps of Isabella Bird. What was your involvement in the series?

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