My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography




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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

21 Reviews of: My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography
Average Customer Rating:

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.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Peter Wood on 24th March, 2014
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.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer David Ansonia on 12th January, 2014
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 (continued...)
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Jason McLead on 1st January, 2014
My husband is a big fan of Ray Mears and had the book for Christmas. He says it's very good.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Mrs Toni-anne Todd on 26th December, 2013
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.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Ross Gray on 19th November, 2013
A great read as expected from a man who has led an interesting life and is such an inspiration to many. Only one criticism: some type errors - having worked in books for a long time, I noticed that detail unfortunately. Otherwise, a great addition to the bookshelf.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Natalie Goodchild on 17th November, 2013
Fantastic book, good to get the background of Ray a real hero of mine!
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Matthew Mawby on 6th November, 2013
Ray's book as I would expect was very good and met all my thoughts prior to purchase. It is not just a diary of events but carries with it the Ray Mears message.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Brian Sheen on 14th October, 2013
Ordered this for my father's Xmas present. He will be so happy when he opens it! Love how it has been personally signed and the delivery was super fast too. Also well packaged so the book is in pristine condition.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer S on 10th October, 2013
Excellent book. I'm about half way through the book and really enjoying it. I am only a couple of years younger than Ray so the insight into his background and the influences that helped to define him are particularly interesting for me. Well worth a read.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Mark Kennedy on 8th October, 2013
I don't make a habit of reading autobiographies, in fact my dyslexia makes reading a rather long winded pass time, therefore I cannot comment on or compare the writings of Ray with others. However the main reason I have enjoyed this book is that it feels like sitting down and having a conversation with, or even simply listening to Ray share the various tales and experiences of his life - something I haven't had the privilege to experience first hand.... yet!
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer William Mitchell on 7th October, 2013
Excellent. Waited a long time for this and it didn't disappoint.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Barry Mcclean on 4th October, 2013
Fantastic, just fantastic - if your reading this reveiw you'd be better off reading the book! A must for anyone interested in Ray's experience
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Lee Griffiths on 2nd October, 2013
Very good read from start to finish. Makes me want to get out there in the elements with Ray himself.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer T.R cornwall on 1st October, 2013
One word - Amazing. Pure and simple. To read the words and life story of a man I have respected for years is truly breathtaking. Superbly written and a wonderful story. You need this book!
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Andrew Elliott on 30th September, 2013
Brilliant book, recommended.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Joshua Smith on 21st September, 2013
Received my signed book. Been a big fan of Ray for a long time. The book is wonderful. Thanks!
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Natasha Defries on 19th September, 2013
What can I say, only that the book speaks for itself. A really good read. Thanks Ray.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Paul Connelly on 18th September, 2013
This is the book we have waited for; the sort once picked up can never be put down. As expected it is enthralling, with great photos and real-life tales that could have come from only one person - Ray Mears. Buy it as a present but be warned, you'll never give it away!
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Catherine Parker on 17th September, 2013
A very interesting insight into Ray's journey with Woodlore.
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Mrs S Worrall on 16th September, 2013
A very enjoyable book, read it in two days. Revealed is a man of humility and humanity. Full of small stories that reveal his appreciation of others who made him what he is. My wife is now enthralled by it!
My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography reviewed by customer Mr Gwyn Howard James on 13th September, 2013
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