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My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography
Ray Mears Bushcraft

My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography

£12.00
  EAN 9781444778236
 Weight: 688 g        

My Outdoor Life, the long awaited autobiography from outdoorsman, naturalist, survival expert, photographer, broadcaster, author, plantsman and tracker - Ray Mears. He is a man who can shape a canoe or a spoon, make fire without matches, track man or wolf, make shelter of snow or sticks, and knows which plant is good to eat and which is not. But where his drive to be outside came from, what prompted his interest in nature and why he took the route he has in life is now clear, through this, his autobiography. Each copy of this book comes individually signed by Ray.

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My Outdoor Life, the long awaited autobiography from outdoorsman, naturalist, survival expert, photographer, broadcaster, author, plantsman and tracker - Ray Mears. He is a man who can shape a canoe or a spoon, make fire without matches, track man or wolf, make shelter of snow or sticks, and knows which plant is good to eat and which is not. But where his drive to be outside came from, what prompted his interest in nature and why he took the route he has in life is now clear, through this, his autobiography. Each copy of this book comes individually signed by Ray.

If Ray Mears isn't a Great Living Englishman, then goodness me, who is? Ray is a persuader, pragmatist and populariser in the Durrell-Attenborough-Bellamy tradition. - Robert Crampton, The Times

Ray’s earliest influence in life was Kingsley Hopkins, his judo teacher at Downside school. Through Kingsley he learned about the meeting of mind and body, and of being in control. He learned about the possibilities of survival in the outdoors, and from that came the ability to tune into nature and to listen to his instincts. This aspect has been essential in his life and work ever since.

Through the book we travel with Ray on expeditions with Operation Raleigh, for whom he worked, and read how he developed his considerable photographic skills. We join him for some of his favourite World of Survival television programmes, and meet some of the people he has worked with and the animals he has encountered along the way.

Ray talks about the terrible losses in his life, of his first wife Rachel, and his father. He talks about the time he nearly died in a helicopter crash whilst filming in the USA, and of his involvement with the tracking of the Northumbrian murderer, Raoul Moat – the hardest tracking experience of his life.

Loaded with tips and helpful insights, My Outdoor Life is a book for all who admire Ray Mears, his philosophy and his skills. It is threaded through with his honesty and the wisdom he has learned throughout his travels, and is a must-read for anyone setting off on their own adventure.

Ray Mears’ company, Woodlore, is now in its third decade, and thriving. Ray, married again, happy and also thriving, is in his fiftieth year. "In many respects," he says, "I feel as if I'm only just beginning." His incredible energy and thirst for knowledge will never fade, it seems.

About the author: Ray Mears was born in 1964 and has travelled the world studying and teaching the art of survival. He has appeared extensively in TV programmes such as Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, Wild Food, and Ray Mears Goes Walkabout. As well as his TV and writing work, Ray founded Woodlore, the School of Wilderness Bushcraft in 1983, and has been teaching his unique Bushcraft skills there for the past 30 years.

Details:

  • Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • Author: Ray Mears
  • ISBN: 1444778196
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

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Product Reviews

There are 26 reviews of the My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography

  1 of 26

  Brilliant read, just a shame I finished it inside a day, but it's in the pile for holiday to read again sat next to the campfire. Insightful and inspiring, oh, and signed!  

  Dan
5th August, 2014

  2 of 26

  This book is Brilliant! I couldn’t put it down! I’ve been a big fan of Ray Mears since I watched re-run of his bushcraft series on BBC Knowledge several years ago. He’s a remarkable guy that seems to do wonders with whatever he has around him. What I really like about his TV series is that he seems like a humble and really nice guy, who respects the local people/natives he visits. But that’s on tv, in front of the camera. Back then I wondered if he is really as nice as he portrays on tv. Well, reading this book, reading about his life, and the way the story is told, I realize that he truly is a remarkable and humble guy. A great reading about a great guy. Highly recommend it.  

  Bob Prabowo
16th June, 2014

  3 of 26

  I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ray's Autobiography. It was everything I hoped it would be and is wonderfully written. It was shipped to me in Australia in just a few days and I paid roughly the same price that it is on sale locally...but with the added bonus that it was a signed copy. Thanks for the great service. I will definitely order from this site again.  

  Derek Waterman
10th June, 2014

  4 of 26

  My thanks to Ray for signing my copy of his autobiography, which was a nice surprise. I am halfway through the book and enjoying it very much. Reading about Ray confirms to me his integrity as a person as well as being able to see things from his point of view, which I do respect and wish more people had the same spirit. Thank you again for sending the book very promptly as it is now with me in the North of Thailand, also just read that chapter when Ray was here. Smashing! Best wishes to you all, Murray.  

  Murray Langton
26th May, 2014

  5 of 26

  An enjoyable and informative read of days and attitudes long gone. Ray is someone who has been able to live a life many only dream of, but he has put it into words for all to enjoy. Very well done.  

  Pg Blanchard
14th May, 2014

  6 of 26

  A fascinating read, written in a simple but engaging style. I normally read books in chunks but felt compelled to finish this in one sitting. Learning about Ray behind the camera has really put an interesting perspective on his work and added a whole new dimension to the man. Clearly his heart went into this but I am sure it has helped him cope with his tragedies. A good book, I hope there are more to come.  

  Peter Wood
24th March, 2014

  7 of 26

  This book reveals a rare and privileged upbringing which helped shape Ray's character to that it is now. A very informative book about one of those rare human beings whose philosophy and life cannot be separated, which is as it should be but so often is not. A good book.  

  David Ansonia
12th January, 2014

  8 of 26

  Ray Mears is a terrific teacher and buried within his autobiography is a captivating tale of how if someone stays true to who he or she is, disciplined, willing to work hard, and take pleasure in the small victories than they can accomplish great things. Ray’s story also shows that we cannot plan everything in life but if we of continue to learn and are adaptive to unplanned salutations we can overcome most obstacles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book definitely earned a permanent place on by bookshelf. I plan to share it both with my daughter when she is old enough to understand it, and with my son who is asleep in his crib next to me as I type this. I believe the lessons given in this book are important to pass on to a whole new generation. I guess that is Ray Mears’ greatest gift to humanity; knowledge, not just out of the past but for future generations as well.  

  Jason Mclead
1st January, 2014

  9 of 26

  My husband is a big fan of Ray Mears and had the book for Christmas. He says it's very good.  

  Toni-anne Todd
26th December, 2013

  10 of 26

  Received the book well packaged and I'm sure my dad will love it for his Christmas, especially since it is signed as he is a big Ray Mears fan.  

  Ross Gray
19th November, 2013



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