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Initial post: 15 Nov 2009 18:13:23 GMT
E. Giffard says:
Any suggestions for the best (auto) biographies that you've ever read about people who tackle all the odds and come out on top? All suggestions gratefully received. Thanks

Posted on 15 Nov 2009 18:33:28 GMT
Doctor Jazz says:
Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl. Not sure what he actually proved in the end, but a brilliant read and a truly inspiring adventure

Posted on 15 Nov 2009 19:41:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Nov 2009 19:41:45 GMT
M. Dale says:
I have no interest in climbing - especially in very cold, dangerous places - but really enjoyed both 'Touching the Void' by Joe Simpson, and 'Into Thin Air' by Jon Krakaeur. Both filled with excellent reasons to stay on the ground; maybe in a warm, dry pub.

Posted on 15 Nov 2009 21:02:41 GMT
R. G. Archer says:
Suggest you try Ernest Shackleton "SOUTH". It's about his last expedition to the South Pole - Antarctica 1914 -1917. He also wrote "Heart of the Antarctic" before "South".

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2009 20:48:03 GMT
Cathy says:
Ernest Shackletons "Endurance " amazing !

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2009 21:12:22 GMT
Furny says:
Ellen Mac Arthur - Taking on the World.The youngest person to complete yachtings most gruelling race the Vendee Globe. The fastest womam to also circumnavigate the globe.
Furny x

Posted on 21 Nov 2009 20:55:33 GMT
C. Wilson says:
Try Richard Dunwoody's new book recounting his extreme adventures over the last 10 years - North Pole, South Pole, climbing, all sorts of stuff.Method in My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle Moving and funny in places.

Posted on 22 Nov 2009 21:03:32 GMT
Jon Baldry says:
I'd thoroughly recommend Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson Survive the Savage Sea (Sailing Classics) as an excellent story of survival against the odds.

Posted on 23 Nov 2009 11:27:15 GMT
J Gibson says:
Try 'Just a Little Run Around the World' by Rosie Swale Pope - what an amazing story!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2009 17:00:22 GMT
ernest shakleton endurance- I loan it to everyone I know who needs a bit of gumption

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2009 09:15:44 GMT
S. J. Cooper says:
read Sir Ranulph Fiennes, mad, bad, and dangerous to know. A compelling history of his life, fascinating and touching in parts.
Also, 'the long walk' by slavimir rawich, a true story of escaping the eastern front, and also 'the longest climb' by dominic faulkaner an epic bike ride from the dead sea to walk and conquer everest.

Failing that, you can always fall back on the old classic 'Papillon' by Henri Le Charriere.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2009 17:45:08 GMT
Dwiver says:
Kon Tiki is a fantastic real adventure, could not agree with Doctor Jazz more.

Posted on 25 Nov 2009 20:38:05 GMT
South by Ernest Shackleton, Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy McLean, Barrows Boys by Fergus Fleming - all ripping yarns that will keep you turning the pages all night.
Agree with most of the above too, Kon Tiki is outstanding and Touching the Void an epic which the film doesn't do justice to.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2009 21:20:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Dec 2009 14:43:45 GMT
Yeah, read papillon and folllow up banco, very hard to get hold of the latter but try putting them down, they become glued to your hand they are riviting reads. Also if you like success read any auto's by ex sas members, it always allows you to understand the determination of those who generaly win in life.

Posted on 29 Nov 2009 17:53:57 GMT
Patrice says:
100% agree with Doctor Jazz. Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdah is a quality book.

Posted on 30 Nov 2009 16:57:03 GMT
Nick Name says:
Going Solo by Roald Dahl is a great real adventure story, starts off with him going to work in Africa, finishes with him fighting in the RAF.

Posted on 30 Nov 2009 20:02:32 GMT
N. Marley says:
I can't remember how I discovered it but The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz was a fantastic read, my copy is very battered from being lent so often.
If you can handle horror in your endurance read, try Primo Levi - If This Is A Man & The Truce. I read Jorge Sempruns - The Cattle Truck many years ago but that story still sticks in my memory.
Ranulph Fiennes is awesome as someone already said, but Mike Strouds Survival Of The Fittest is as equally compelling to read. For a climbing story Heinrich Harrer - 7 Years in Tibet was better than Mr Pitts effort on the silver screen. And how about Alive - Piers Paul Read? The Uruguayan rugby team who crashed in the Andes, all 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Another WW2 I'd recommend is The Railway Man - Eric Lomax.
I'd rather these over a lot of novels.

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 16:54:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2010 12:33:42 GMT
Fighting for the French Foreign Legion (Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire is my autobiography about how I overcame Dyslexia to become an graphic artist, Police Officer (forensic scene of crime examiner), to joining the Legion at the tender young age of 38 and served with thier parachute regiment for 11 years (1983 -1994. This period saw me see active service in Africa, the 1st Gulf War and Bosnia at the height of that crisis in 1993.Fighting for the French Foreign Legion: Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire

Posted on 3 Dec 2009 19:58:50 GMT
K. Hughes says:
Rannulph feinnes seems fairly prolific and has been there done it all!

Posted on 4 Dec 2009 13:39:19 GMT
C. Greer says:
'Shackleton's Forgotten Men'. This tells the story of Shackleton's second team on his 1915 Antarctic expedition. They were sent in advance to provide support for his own expedition that would follow. They encountered similar problems to Shackleton (lost their boat and all supplies) but strived to complete their mission unaware that their the main mission had been abandoned. An excellent very readable book.

Posted on 28 Dec 2009 20:08:16 GMT
Redmond O'Hanlons journeys are not to be missed....try IN TROUBLE AGAIN and CONGO JOURNEY - you'll miss them when they are over. Agree with others too - Kon Tiki a classic, and Touching the Void unforgettable. For a spiritual and geographcial trip, read Robert MacFarlanes THE WILD PLACES. Finally, yes, Bill Bryson for laughs and super observations.


In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2010 19:12:48 GMT
M. L. Brown says:
I absolutely agree with you. "Endurance" is a book that keeps you reading right to the very end. Brilliant!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2010 19:28:35 GMT
M Spence says:
Have read it ( and own it ) excellent read

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2010 19:32:09 GMT
M Spence says:
The Long Walk...brilliant and very moving book. My copy is also dog eared now as so many of my friends have borrowed it. A book I constantly re-read.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2010 17:47:32 GMT
K. Mason says:
Just finished reading 'Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes' by Rosie Swale-Pope, an incredibly inspiring read about a lady from Wales who lost her husband to cancer so decided to run around the world to raise cancer awareness, an amazing book!!! :)
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