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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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privileged tosh

if you'd like to be lectured on how good his life is and how crap he thinks yours is ,get this book .

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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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England is not an island

Tried my best to ignore Ben saying England was an island but in the end couldn't

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a bit bland

it passed the time and was OK. not the most inspiring of listens. some food for thought but I could have easily switched it off and not returned to it.

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The author is inspired in pitting himself

The author focused too much on negative: "Failure after failure" sentence is very common. I got an impression that the author is pitting himself through the book. The book is divided on chapters named after geographical physical features, which gave me a promise of clarity. However, the context is unstructured, sometimes without clear logical order, and often without chapter conclusion. I had a feeling that the author was in a hurry to write the book, and just written down all of his thoughts without trying to reorganize them.

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Politics Don't Inspire

Ben followed you since 1999, but couldn't enjoy this for the political theme that permeates through it. Yes "everything is political now" including unfortunately your book, which I thought maybe an escape - but no.

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Not great

Very dull to be honest. Read a couple of bens books and this was the worst.

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Feel like I've already heard most of it

I love listening but Ben's books but sadly I felt like I'd already read or listened to most of this one. Feels like lots of previous books rolled into one.

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  • 24-11-21

Not so much about adventure

I enjoyed the stories about some of the adventures and would have liked to heard more about them. It seems the focus was more on personal beliefs and motivation. Just expected to hear more adventure and not opinion.

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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.