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My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography - Signed Copy

Ray Mears Bushcraft

My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography - Signed Copy

£9.99

Brand: Ray Mears Bushcraft
  EAN 9781444778212
Weight: 286 g         13 reviews
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.

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: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 370
  • Author: Ray Mears
  • ISBN: 9781444778212
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

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My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography - Signed Copy is rated 5/5 based on 13 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 13

  What a book!!! I have truly enjoyed reading it as it was a journey into the life of Ray Mears. Written in a way that makes you feel like you are listening to Ray tell you his story. He takes you on a journey the same way he takes you on a journey in his TV programs; Calmly, clearly, respectfully. It really felt as if I was standing next to him during all these adventures. Laughing at the jokes and crying with the sadness. A great book by a great person.  

  Ilan Kaufman
16th August, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 13

  I bought this as a gift, it arrived very quickly. Was well received by my dad, especially when he saw it was signed too.  

  Sarah Boag
6th July, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 13

  I'm only about 1/3 of the way through the book but it is a great read. I've taken it out while camping/hiking and I've enjoyed reading by the fire. Having it signed by the man himself is a really nice touch.  

  Russell Galloway
20th June, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 13

  I had already listened to the audiobook many, many times, but you can't put that on a shelf! Incredible story, incredible life and my all-time hero to aspire to. They say, 'don't meet your heroes', but Ray is probably an exception and I can't wait to book my first course sometime soon. 5* book, would recommend to anyone.  

  Leo Pesci
16th May, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 13

  Book received very swiftly and as expected is a great read, nice to hear how Ray learned his trade from a very young age up to the present day. Would definitely recommend this book.  

  David Liddle
20th March, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 13

  The Autobiography is the best I have read of its kind (I have read a few). Fantastic read which not only gives insight into Ray's amazing life but also provides several guidelines to live by which I have already put into use in my own life. I opted for the signed copy, which I must admit added a lot for me for some reason.  

  Henrik Guldhammer Nielsen
17th February, 2017

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 13

  Ray's TV shows has brought me countless hours of entertainment over the years, all the way from his first show 'Country Tracks'. So when I discovered, via Google search, that a signed copy of his autobiography was available for only £10 including free delivery, I thought it was a pretty good deal. Disappointingly, the biography isn't that interesting; however I am only 3 chapters in and cannot muster the interest to read further. I am hoping that when I do it does get a little more interesting. Great to have it signed by the man himself though!  

  Nicholas Miltiadous
25th May, 2016

Rated: 3/5

  8 of 13

  Excellent service and delivery times. Smooth ordering process. Would definitely make future purchases.  

  Darius Panahi
23rd May, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 13

  A five star service from Woodlore. I'm inspired by Ray Mears, his great outdoors life, his respect for nature and its inhabitants, his TV documentaries of wildlife in North America and worldwide. I wish Ray and his company all the best in the future! Thanks Ray!  

  Stefan Vandewinkel
25th April, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 13

  I'm not one for autobiographies, but I felt Ray has done so much for bushcraft/woodlore and humanity, that it would be an interesting read. The book shows what a modest, sensitive, caring and and intelligent person he is. Not forgetting being extremely tough and incredibly knowledgeable. Ray Mears is very much an Englishman's Englishman. A fascinating book with tremendous highs and lows. I really think bushcraft should be on the national curriculum as a must do subject, with Ray designing the course.  

  C Neve
31st October, 2015

Rated: 5/5




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