Primarily known of as an adventurer who takes many risks to inject his television shows with a sense of adrenaline and excitement, the British writer Bear Grylls is also equally known for his many books as well, as he documents his exploits for his legions of fans, with a strong personality that’s gaining more and more fans worldwide day-by-day. Starting out in television he has hosted a number of shows that see him traveling the world and getting into various situations that often come down to a matter of life or death. It is these adventures he seeks to recapture in his books, as he ostensibly provides a number of survivor’s guides, along with allowing readers to relive his many ordeals vicariously through his work, providing a sense of suspense and adventure.
Early and Personal Life
Born Edward Michael Grylls on the seventh of June in 1974 in Donaghadee, County Down in Northern Ireland, he was the son of Conservative MP Sir Michael Grylls. Soon after he was born they then moved on to live in Bembridge upon the Isle of Wight, which is where he was the spend his upbringing, as he developed his love of adventure and the great outdoors. It was when he was just one week old that he gained the nickname of ‘Bear’, a moniker which then stuck throughout his life, after his older sister Lara Fawcett gave it to him.
Attending Ludgrove School followed by Eton College he enjoyed a high standard of education from a very early age, during which time he started up a mountaineering club, the first of its kind at the college. He then went on to Birbeck, University of London to gain his degree, which was in Hispanic studies, a qualification he was awarded in 2002 after attending part-time. It was his love of the great outdoors that really allowed him to flourish though, something which he relished from a very early age, building up his passion for pursuits such as sailing and climbing, leading to his current love of adventuring around the world undertaking a number of different tasks and trials.
Learning to skydive when still just a teenager, he also learned to sail and climb with his father, who himself was a part of the Royal Yacht Squadron, something which remained with Bear Grylls on into his adult career as an adventurer of great repute. During this time he also gained a second degree dan black belt in the discipline of Shotokan karate, something which also allowed him to become more adept as an outdoors man. The Scouts also featured heavily in his life, as he joined when he was just eight and later became a Chief Scout at the age of thirty-five, the youngest ever to achieve such a position within the United Kingdom.
Marrying his wife Shara Cannings Knight in 2000 they have had three sons together, all of whom he also takes on various adventures and exploits as well. A major advocate for such organizations as the RNLI, or Royal National Lifeboat Institution, he has worked tirelessly to gain exposure for various causes and groups. Continuing his outdoor pursuits to this very day, he has also written a number of books, including his autobiography along with a number of survival guides as well, something which he continues to this very day.
Bringing out his first book titled The Kid Who Climbed Everest in 2000 in the United States, also named Facing Up within the United Kingdom, he recounted his ascent of Everest at just twenty-three years of age. This then became the template for much of his work to follow, as he was able to tell his story in an engaging and informative manner, drawing his readers into his adventures. They also allow his audience to live vicariously through his writing, as their tone of suspense allows the reader be transported into the realm of Bear Grylls.
It was then in 2012 that Bear Grylls would release his autobiography recounting his whole life so far, which was titled ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography’. This was then followed up with a number of survival guides that sought to inform his now numerous readers looking to potentially undertake pursuits and adventures of their own. Adventuring and writing to this day, Bear Grylls continues to put out his books for an ever eager audience, something which will continue for some time yet, as he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
The Kid Who Climbed Everest
Initially published in 2000 through the Lyons Press publishing label, this was to be the first book that came out from Bear Grylls recounting his time on Everest. Setting up his personality overall, it manages to capture the spirit of adventure for which he has become so famous for now over the intervening years that followed. Giving a unique perspective into his early days, it manages to draw out the sense of excitement that first brought Grylls into this unique and adrenaline fueled field of expertise.
Climbing the northeast face of the summit of Everest, this book recounts his trip from the very beginning, as he goes out looking to get funding for his trip. It then proceeds to follow alongside him as he starts to traverse the legendary peak, all the way to the top, along with all his scrapes and mishaps on the way. Telling of the time he fell into a crevasse at nineteen thousand feet, it keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seat throughout and, despite knowing the outcome still manages to keep them glued for the entire duration of the book. Will he get to the top? Can he survive this ordeal? What will become of the kid who climbed Everest?
Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography
First published on the 26th of May in 2011, this was initially brought out through the Transworld Publishers Ltd label, as it sought to recount the life of Bear Grylls up until that point. Whilst many readers may already have been aware of who he was and where he had come from, it managed to give a greater level of depth and insight into the man. Providing a sense of intimacy it manages to draw the reader into his world once again, this time providing a number of background details on the man in the process as well.
Showing his clear love of adventure from early on it recounts his time in the SAS, along with free-fall parachuting accident and his near brush with death. His hiking through the Himalayas when he almost considered signing up for the Indian Army, before changing his mind upon his return back home to England. The time he got into the Guinness Book of World Records after being the youngest person to scale Mount Everest at one twenty-three years of age in 1998 on the 26th of May. Just who is Bear Grylls? How did he become the man he is today? What really happened behind the mud, sweat and tears?Book Series In Order » Authors » Bear Grylls