Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.
He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.
In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.
©2013 Ray Mears (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
"Moving...gripping...The rather old-fashioned qualities he admires in others: fortitude, understatedness, loyalty, above all stoicism, are the same ones we admire in him. Long may he survive." (Daily Mail)
Mears is my out doors idol. I love his attitude toward life, nature, and different cultures and practises. He is an experienced man and an excellent story teller. I recommend him to anyone interested in Bush craft skills
"Great book ... But"
I really did enjoy this book as I have followed Ray on the television for many years. However, I would really have appreciated it if he had read the book himself and The description really should have pointed out that he only actually reads the introduction
"Humble man with an amazing story"
Absolutely tremendous listening.
His links to one of the masters of judo, through to his journeys around the world, along with the amazing people he has met, makes this audiobook enthralling.
Buy it, download and enjoy. You will not be disappointed.
"I liked Ray more before i listened to this"
never say never
I really like this guy on TV and he is obviously very skilled but this book may have put me off
well read but..
"great book disappointingly presented"
the books content is good, but for me Ray not narrating really took me out of it. Especially as he teases by reading the introduction.
"interesting and illuminating but not very warm."
Some genuinely interesting stories and a truly revealing insight into the life of Ray Mears. However, there's quite often a patronising tone and the occasional whiff of BS.
Enjoyable. If you enjoy his shows you will enjoy this. A little slow in places but a good insight into a fascinating individual.
"Fascinating. Impressive. But not a warm man."
I loved the first half of this book. I liked the rest. It is a remarkable life, a remarkable man. If you have a deep affinity for the wild you will find an immense amount to like in this book. Mears makes you feel personally inadequate in so many ways but he's also a kindred spirit. He tries to be humble but it is through gritted metaphorical teeth as he is deeply proud of his singleminded autodidactical achievements. He does crow while deprecating those who big themselves up without the true expertise that he has earned . A fascinating complex man, surely Aspie to the core, but with enough intelligence and humanity to connect to this inadequate human specimen! I'd hugely commend this experience and like several others would have much preferred to hear the great man himself deliver his novel-length bushcraft lecture.
"great look in to Ray Mars life how he started out "
wicked look in to how he made his life, gets you really interested and keeps you that way the whole way through
Ray Mears is the father of UK Bushcraft and if that's what you are interested in this is your audiobook, it's a fantastic journey he takes you on through his life and times, I may even listen to it a second time.
"Ray Myers an exceptional and unique eoodsma"
well written and structured book. Ray Myers is truly at the top of his game and I look forward to seeing him on the t.v. A truly remarkable man.
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