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Bear Grylls

Author of Mud, Sweat and Tears

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About the Author

Bear Grylls was brought up on the Isle of Wight, where he learned to climb with his father. He spent three years in the British Army & is a martial arts expert. He is currently attempting to be the first person to jet-ski around the entire landmass of Great Britain. (Bowker Author Biography) Bear show more Grylls was born on June 7, 1974 in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. He was educated at Eton College and Birkbeck, University of London. His television work includes Escape to the Legion, Born Survivor/ Man vs. Wild, Worst Case Senario, Bear's Wild Weekend, Get Out Alive, Escape from Hell, The Island, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Mission Survive, Bear Grylls' Survival School, and Survivor Games. His first book was Facing Up (UK)/The Kid Who Climbed Everest (USA). His other books include Facing the Frozen Ocean, Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures, Ghost Flight, Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography, A Survival Guide for Life, and True Grit. He also wrote the Mission Survival series of children's adventure survival books and Scouting for All. Burning Angel is his latest thriller. He is currently the youngest ever Chief Scout to the UK Scout Association and is an honorary Colonel to the Royal Marines Commandos. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Bear Grylls

Mud, Sweat and Tears (2011) 440 copies
The Blizzard Challenge (2017) 269 copies
The Desert Challenge (2017) 228 copies
The Jungle Challenge (2017) 218 copies
The Sea Challenge (2017) 203 copies
The Volcano Challenge (2018) 172 copies
The River Challenge (2017) 170 copies
The Earthquake Challenge (2017) 160 copies
The Cave Challenge (2018) 151 copies
The Mountain Challenge (2018) 143 copies
The Safari Challenge (2018) 140 copies
Gold of the Gods (2008) 124 copies
Way of the Wolf (2009) 102 copies
The Artic Challenge (2019) 97 copies
The Sailing Challenge (2019) 96 copies
Sands of the Scorpion (2009) 83 copies
Ghost Flight (2015) 77 copies
Tracks of the Tiger (2010) 73 copies
True Grit (1800) 49 copies
Claws of the Crocodile (2013) 46 copies
Strike of the Shark (2013) 44 copies
Burning Angels (2016) 40 copies
Lair of the Leopard (2015) 40 copies
Rage of the Rhino (2014) 32 copies
Epic expeditions (2017) 29 copies
Spirit of the Jungle (2016) 24 copies
The Hunt (2018) 16 copies
Epic climbs (2017) 14 copies
Two All-Action Adventures (2012) 13 copies
Fuel for Life (2015) 13 copies
Your Life - Train for it (2014) 8 copies
Man vs. Wild: Season 3 (2009) 6 copies
Return to the Jungle (2017) 6 copies
Mission Typhoon (2015) 5 copies
Man vs. Wild: Season 2 (2008) 5 copies
Beastly Bugs (2019) 4 copies
With Love, Papa (2009) 4 copies
Extreme Animals (2019) 4 copies
Mission Raptor (2016) 2 copies
Man vs. Wild: Season 4 (2010) 2 copies
Mission Jaguar (2016) 2 copies
Mission Dragon (2016) 1 copy
Man vs. Wild: Season 5 (2011) 1 copy
Man vs. Wild: Season 6 (2012) 1 copy
Scouting For All (2012) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Complete Guide to Scouting Skills (2010) — Foreword — 7 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Grylls, Bear
Legal name
Grylls, Edward Michael
Other names
Grylls, Bear
UK (birth)
London, UK
Places of residence
Wales, UK
Eton College, Berkshire, UK
television presenter
Chief Scout
motivational speaker
Grylls, Sir Michael (father)
Awards and honors
Record, as the youngest Briton, at 23, to summit Mount Everest, (1999)
Chief Scout (17 May 2009, )
Short biography
Edward Michael Grylls, nicknamed Bear, (born 7 June 1974) is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his television series Born Survivor, known as Man vs. Wild in the United States,Canada and Australia. He is one of the youngest Britons to climb Mount Everest, doing so at age 23. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.




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Never Give Up: A Life of Adventure by Bear Grylls is an autobiography by the celebrity adventurer. Mr. Grylls is a former SAS soldier, Chief Scout, and a TV presenter on survival-type shows.

While I was never a huge fan of the author’s TV shows, I certainly appreciate his many accomplishments throughout his life. Someone who had done so much, and a success by any measure, not necessarily monetary, has much to share with the rest of us.

In Never Give Up: A Life of Adventure, author Bear Grylls shares anecdotes from his life, business, TV shows, as well as family adventures. The stories are written in a friendly, down-to-earth manner with much humility, but little structure. One can open up the book to almost any page and start reading.

The structure works because the book mainly concentrates on three aspects of the author’s life: adventure, business, and personal. As a fan of movies, and, of course, books about movies, I certainly enjoyed that part. The second part, business, was interesting but started to be repetitive. Mr. Grylls counts his business ventures, failures, and what he learned from them. An important aspect indeed, but the mantra of “never give up” is repeated ad nauseam.

For some reason, the author feels the need to re-introduce every celebrity over and over again, which I found annoying. In the last part, the author recounts all the amazing people he met, not necessarily celebrities and royalty, but memorable people of all walks of life. I did appreciate how he takes time to be with his family as an utmost priority, as well as acknowledging those who helped him on his journey – the sign of a big heart indeed.

This is a positive and encouraging book. I would not, however, call it an all-encompassing biography. There’s some self-reflection, but it’s mostly composed of short chapters (3 pages on average, I believe) consisting of amusing stories from Mr. Grylls’ life and career.
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ZoharLaor | Mar 16, 2022 |
A good overview of some outdoor pursuits in the air, in the water and on the land.

Bear's writing style is friendly and conversational. The book is replete with illustrations and pictures. His enthusiasm comes through and is inspiring.

As with all Bear's books the chapter sizes are great; allowing each to be reqd easily at a short sitting.

The treatment of each of the pursuits leaves one wanting more details; it would be a nice addition if there was a bibliography or list of organisations at the back. However this is a small thing and does not detract from the excellent and inspiring presentation of options for adventure for young and old.

Well done!
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Sandman-1961 | Mar 6, 2022 |
An interesting book. A good insight into the life of one of the inspirational characters for millions of people (scouts and others). I found the style and pace of the book great and if it hadn't been for the need to go to bed so I was able to get up for work the next day I could have easily read on through the night. It is one of the few books that I have read recently that I can say this for. The chapters are short, but over 100 of them. This is fine as it lets you take a break and think before continuing, if you want to reflect on the message or feeling of the chapter.
Bear Grylls truly is inspirational. His childhood seems from the outside privileged, but obviously had a profound effect on him. His life after school also is impressive. The accounts of his army career, his accident and his Everest climb make you feel every step and ounce of effort. It is great story telling.
Bear also give an insight into the origins of his personal Christian faith. I respect this, as it is done in a personal way and not thrust at you.
I hope we see a 'sequel' covering a bit more detail and behind the scenes from his current work as I am sure that the back stories will be fascinating..
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Sandman-1961 | 10 other reviews | Mar 6, 2022 |



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