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Best-selling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studying the art of resilience for years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim all the way round Great Britain, breaking multiple world records along the way. Now, Ross turns his attention to mental strength and Stoicism.

Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848 m), after living with Yamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle. On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, ‘haunted’ whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart.

Ross’ previous book, The World’s Fittest Book, was a Sunday Times number one best seller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience, Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mind-set in overcoming adversity. This groundbreaking work represents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you a blueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human - whatever the challenge you face.  

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©2020 Ross Edgley (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Incredible individual, incredible book, incredible story." (Chris Hemsworth)

"A hero who is as humble as he is resilient...testament to a 'never give up' spirit!" (Bear Grylls)

"From reading this book, the message that comes shining through is this: you can achieve anything." (Ant Middleton)

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A dull digital dairy - don’t do it

An audio assault, a grating, squeaky voice with a goodie two shoes narrative. Self-indulgent story telling at its worse.

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Great Story, Inspiring Achievement, Fantastic Guy

At first, I thought the book was going to be a long, drawn out and repetitive story for the purposes of there being a book. HOWEVER, the mix between Ross's personal accounts and existing scientific studies was very thought provoking. The fact that he achieved what he did in the first place should automatically earn him 5 stars, however the kindness of his personality and character shows through his narration and I can't imagine the book would be half as personal if not narrated by the man himself.

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Exceptional effort not so much the book

Followed Ross on Instagram for ages so was eager to listen to his book, but just couldn't get into it. Some great bits in it but some irritating bits (areas were there was a constant stop and explanation) like when he would always need to do a measurement comparison (when you wish to show both miles or km) and just got ridiculous at some points.

Maybe having a professional read it might have helped and removed all the size conversion rubbish I feel it would've been better.

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Gets bogged down in workout jargon

Seems like a really good bloke and his achievements are truly amazing, but the middle of this audiobook just gets totally bogged down in creating the perfect workout routine.

I was interested to a point but then it just goes on and on and on about workouts, exercises and planning a gym routine that 99% of people have no desire to do (it’s almost as if he expects everyone to finish reading the book and start training to swim around Britain)

The stuff about stoicism is also so overly used these days, it’s become trite.

Read David Goggins if you want to tap into resilience

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Funny and inspiring book

I like Ross he's the human version of a Golden Retrieve. I've seen him on youtube and found his bubbly personality funny so I gave his book a try and I was not disappointed.
I found this book inspiring because Ross is not motivated by some dark past like many other exceptional people. He is just a normal guy with a loving family that wants to push his limits.

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Great story backed up with science

complex topic beautifully broken down and explained, with the relevant science in bite sized portions to help you along

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What a guy!

such a brilliant book and really inspirational. Ross is one of a kind and I can't wait for his next challenge

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must listen

gripped from start to finish. one amazing human being. a must listen for anyone interested in sports.

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A modern day adventure, incredibly told.

Ross Edgley manages to be simultaneously an incredible athletic adventurer whilst remaining affable and relatable. Such an epic adventure told in a moving, funny & enlightening way.

Thanks Ross!

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Good story

Ross has a great story to tell, not to sure on how useful the 'lessons' on resilience are, but a good story about a bloke swimming around the UK.

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  • Samuel Gohn
  • 23-07-20

A pleasure to listen to

I remember hearing of Ross’s journey on social media when the swim was taking place. When he told his story on The Joe Rogan experience following the swim, I was fascinated by his tale and his enthusiasm. As a man who swam competitively for more than a decade, it’s not the swim that kept me entertained (although it certainly did impress me beyond words), it was Ross’s puppy-like enthusiasm and tenacity at which he completed his journey.

Deeply philosophical and intelligent in his approach, Ross and his crew’s personal journey follows in the footsteps of so many heroes and brave-souled adventurers and is a testament of human will. Truly one of the best physical and mental achievements I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

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  • Guillaume
  • 14-07-20

Great writer and narrator

Loved it, would highly recommend! Small section roughly in the middle goes a little too much into details and drags on a little too long about swimming technique, but otherwise a great read!

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  • Caitlyn
  • 15-04-21

Great Inspiration

As someone who loves swimming and also Into open water swimming this was fascinating to listen too. I throughly enjoyed the humor and way the book was written. It was well organized and explained very well! Makes me want to go swim around Great Britain except maybe without the jelly fish 🤣

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-03-21

Great book

A great athletic feat accomplished. Although I enjoy hearing about the suffering of elite athletes during these grueling events. I love how he kept a joyous attitude and made the trek around Great Britain a lot of fun. How his resilience was from a lifetime of pushing himself physically and mentally and intense study all combined to continue showing us what’s possible for humanity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-21

WOW

amazing story! just goes to show where there is a will there is a way! all around great book and great listen!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-21

Best book i have ever read

Best book I have ever read I love you ross that was epic! Keep on the amazing job!

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  • Branden Hahn
  • 23-02-21

Great motivation!

It was good motivation while training for my first marathon. Ross did an excellent job in this book.

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  • Julio Jose Pagan
  • 19-02-21

Would listen to it more than once

Russ is a great story teller. Kept me intrigued the whole time. overall great book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-21

Amazing story

I followed his progress live during the swim and was amazed at his remarkable achievement swimming around Great Britain. The Art of Resilience puts a unique perspective of Ross’s point of view and how if you put your mind to it, you could achieve anything!

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  • Tisha C.
  • 27-01-21

Great story of human capability

Solid principles and practices for everyday athletes. Mixed with a great personal story. Nice work!