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My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography - Signed Copy
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My Outdoor Life - Ray Mears Autobiography - Signed Copy

Brand: Ray Mears Bushcraft
  EAN 9781444778212
Weight: 286 g         9 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.

  • 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 9 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 9

  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

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 9

  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

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 9

  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

Rated: 3/5

  4 of 9

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

  Darius Panahi

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 9

  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

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 9

  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

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 9

  Fantastic book, delivered speedily and well packaged.  

  Brian Jefferson

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 9

  A rewarding read if you are at all interested in the subject of Bushcraft and/or the life of Ray Mears. For me, one of the most interesting books I have read for many years.  

  T J Lamb

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 9

  Brilliant book, just got it today and had difficulty putting it down. Arrived only a couple of days after ordering it (I was expecting longer as I live in EU). Would really recommend it to anyone interested in Ray's work or woods lore in general. A great book of a great man!  

  John Mosse

Rated: 5/5

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