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Much More than the TV Programs
on 30 December 2016
Interesting and workman like would in my opinion best describe this autobiography - with one exception, the chapter where Ray Mears describes the loss of his first wife to breast cancer. It was still straight forward in presentation but had at it's heart a deep honesty and all the more powerful for it.
What is most certain is that Ray Mears has and remains driven by his passion for the outdoors and the skills needed to live in it. He is an out doors man of the old school and like many I didn't realise the depth of his passion and knowledge having only seen him on the TV.
He is much more than that it seems and the stuff he does on camera is a small extension of his lifestyle which is entirely focused on the wilds and what it takes to be a success there.
I also like the fact that he is not all fluffy and air headed about it. Ray is no tree hugger in the modern vernacular. He is most certainly more of the type of man who traversed continents using all the tools and land at his disposal to survive. As Mears points out most TV nature presenters in areas where there are dangerous animals around have behind the camera a number of armed people to keep them safe whilst presenting a face that suggests otherwise. Ray prefers to have the gun himself in front of the camera and be open and honest about it.
There were parts where I felt he was being slightly egotistical but I suspect that is simply because he is very competent at what he does and avoids false modesty.
Overall a highly interesting book that is both engaging and informative.