Bear Grylls was brought up on the Isle of Wight where he learnt to climb with his father. He spent three years in the British Army and then went on to study Spanish at Birkbeck College, London University. He is a martial arts expert and now writes and lectures all over the world on his experiences. His latest adventure was to complete a round Britain jet ski challenge for charity (August 2000), the launch of which was shown on the Big Breakfast. He lives with his wife Shara on a boat on the Thames.
No one could fail to be gripped by his heartfelt excitement and
emotion over what was the adventure of a lifetime. * Independent
Bear's tale is by turns hilarious and horrific. * Daily Telegraph *
Written with refreshing humility, this is a briskly told account, not of conquering Everest, but of realizing its power. * Daily Mail *
A remarkable tale. * Daily Express *