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Readable and inspiring,
This review is from: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (Hardcover)Sir Ranulph's achievements speak for themselves but there can be occasions when the single-mindedness and grit to succeeed in these often brutal ventures don't translate into readable expedition books and autobiographies. I thought one of the qualities that shined through in this book was a much greater warmth and humanity than some of his previous books. I don't know if that is because Sir Ranulph has mellowed with the years but I found this to be an enormously compelling read. The brief tours through his previous experiences and challenges are concise and yet colourful. Some of the best writing in this book is when he manages to express his great love for his wife, Ginny, and the tragedy of her loss without any mawkish sentimentality.
One gripe I would have is that the final chapters in the book read as though they were written in a hurry and didn't have the polished feel of the rest of the book. For example, one quote is repeated twice within a matter of a few pages.
This is a small grumble in an otherwise impressive book. Recommended for armchair explorers and weekend warriors.