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Summary

The latest adventure from best-selling author Ben Fogle explores what we can learn from nature about living well and living wild. 

What can rowing across the Atlantic teach us about boredom and about patience? Can coming down from Everest take more resilience than climbing up in the first place? How can the isolation of the South Pole highlight what’s most important? And how can we tap into the same reflective state in our daily lives? 

Writing during the unprecedented period of the coronavirus pandemic and drawing on a wealth of personal stories, Ben reflects on the significance of nature to all our lives and shows us how we can benefit from living a little more wild. Drawing on his greatest adventures, he shares what his time spent in the wilderness has taught him about life. Ranging across seas, icecaps, jungles and deserts, Ben’s stories are filled with wonder and struggle, with animals, adventure, wilderness, friendships, unexpected acts of kindness and heroism, and are bursting with inspiration directly from nature. Ben’s epic stories reveal a new side to his adventures and show how everyone can find meaning in the wilderness, even if it’s just outside their front door. 

Full of exciting adventures and practical guidance, this primer on positivity is a story about overcoming obstacles, surpassing your expectations and inspiring your journey of adventure. 

©2019 Ben Fogle (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Excellent." (The Times)

"Explores what we can all gain from living wild, while reflecting on meaningful encounters with nature’." (Sunday Express S magazine)

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Gargle a marble

Whilst Ben speaks as if he is trying to gargle a marble at the same time finding words to express his journey, I find I could listen to him all day long

This audible book takes on journeys he has been on before, but that matters not as they form a great 'journey'

I might even ask Ben if he will narrate my next book, although being from Durham and living in Cumbria that might not be a great fit !, as he says "how now brown cow" as I would say "Alreet Pet" !!

Love this book, so just get it, listen to it, and relax into a hot bath of stories as Ben takes you into his hot tub of adventures..........

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A great read, especially for anyone with a mountain to climb

An easy and enjoyable read ... some great insights into the mindset required to face and deal with challenge, in whatever guise.
I’d strongly recommend for teenagers embarking on their journeys. Thanks Ben, here’s to the next phase of the journey.

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Ben Fogle

Ben is not just a posh, privileged individual.
He's courageous, and he's kind and thoughtful.
I can't believe that he receives negative comments to do with his origin and his public schooling.
Jealousy, Envy and Judgement are what the poor guy has to put up with. I would highly recommend the book. I learnt so much about Ben and I am amazed at all the adventures he's been on.
A life well lived, I'd say.

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loved it

loved this, so inspiring, Ben Fogle is just amazing ! easy to listen to x

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Brilliant

I loved this book, I myself am happiest outdoors and when resisting consumerism.
As a 46 year old female I enjoyed the bit on being ‘middle aged’ and felt comfort in Ben’s words.
I’ll be buying two hard copies to give to my twins to read when they are older.

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A soul nourishing listen

I listened to this as an audiobook and what a joy it has been to listen to Ben’s heartwarming tales of the highs and lows of his life and the lessons learnt.

I am a huge fan of lives in the wild and if you are too this is definitely a book for you.

I have always thought Ben to be a kind & genuine person and this really shines through here.

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Truly inspiring book

I laughed I cried & have taken a lot away from this book .a must for anyone wanting to find them selfs !

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I didn't want this to end

I loved this. I'm always a little sceptical of achievement and motivational books from those with a lot of family wealth and connections behind them, but I feel that Ben Fogle - whilst he has those things - really has achieved absolutely incredible feats that no money can buy. He is not given nearly enough recognition for what he has done. Things that would be life achievements for many are mentioned in passing as a training process or week long divergence. He is one of the world's truly great athletes.
It is also interesting to hear from someone who also has (or had) a vicious and cruel inner voice. Many people who seek to inspire others seem to come at it from a place of inner confidence, and not fall into the trappings of doubt that overcome many of us. Lucky them. This book is about how to confront that head on.
I will never climb Everest, or row the Atlantic - and I would never want to. However after listening to this audiobook it is making me think about what I do want to do, and how I might achieve that. And how to tell that mean and cruel inner voice to shut up.
Thanks Ben.

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Excellent

Ben Fogle as his himself.His thoughts, opinions,courage adventures and how he became that way

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loved this book

Ben Fogle has surprised me with his insight to life. He is a great guide .

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Inspiring as the title suggests

Ben Fogle's life lessons kept me entertained during my long endurance runs. He made me challenge what is possible and think about my own struggles with materialism, environmental considerations, and what it means to grow beyond others' expectations. It is a genuine account of every person's struggle to find themselves, mature, and learn what one is made up of when they put themselves in extreme situations.