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2.0 out of 5 stars Little emotional depth, 10 Oct. 2013
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I have been very disappointed by this book. It’s not really an autobiography; it’s a write-up of a few of the best episodes from his TV shows with a bit of “I was born here, I went to school here, I worked here” thrown in for good measure. The writing style is really very poor (sorry, Ray, but you can’t write for toffee!) and really very repetitive and really quite condescending in that every big word is explained in full in case we don’t know what it means. Maybe Ray is writing with excitable 10 year old boys in mind? In any case, the vocabulary is very limited – Ray describes meeting and working with everyone as “humbling and a privilege”. And I mean everyone. Every single time he meets anyone, anywhere, anytime he does anything, anywhere, he uses the phrase “humbling and a privilege” to the point that I could predict exactly when he would use that phrase again. There is little emotional depth – but I did chuckle as Ray described how the Met’s specialist firearms unit helped *him* with *his* mission to capture Raoul Moat... Ray should stick to making tv programmes and leave the autobiography section to people who are committed to investing something of themselves in the writing.
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2013 13:30:35 BDT
Have you questioned why you didn't find emotional depth? There are weaknesses in the knowledge of Ray Mears.

Posted on 7 Oct 2014 07:16:39 BDT
Mrs Kitty says:
Is this really a review for My Outdoor Life? I thoroughly enjoyed the book and cannot equate any of your comments to my reading experience. There is clearly an abundance of emotional depth within the book and Ray Mears' use of the words humble and privilege speak volumes of the generous qualities of this amazing man.
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