Sir Ranulph Fiennes is described as 'the world's greatest living explorer' by the Guinness Book of Records, and his life story shows this is no exaggeration. He has travelled to the most inaccessible places on earth, almost died many times, raised millions for charity and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. Here he describes how he became the first person to travel to both poles on land; discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman; and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole. This is a candid look inside the mind of Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykeham- Fiennes OBE, 3rd Baronet, as he looks back on a life lived at the very limits of human endeavour.
Three of Sir Ranulph Fiennes acclaimed bestsellers in one eBook collection – his epic biography of CAPTAIN SCOTT (‘Fiennes own experiences allow him to write vividly and with empathy’ Daily Mail); his enthralling autobiography, MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW (‘The memoir of a supreme sportsman, an uber-earthling who could show the Martians a thing or two about what the best of us can achieve’ Financial Times); and the story of his unconventional, extraordinary family, MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN (‘History at its best and most approachable’ Country Life).
Updated and revised to celebrate the author's 75th year
Author: Ranulph Fiennes
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond. In his autobiography he describes how he led expeditions all over the world and became the first person to travel to both poles on land. He tells of how he discovered the lost city of Ubar in Oman and attempted to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole - the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life. His most recent challenge was scaling the north face of the Eiger, one of the most awesome mountaineering challenges in the world. Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes OBE, 3rd Baronet, looks back on a life lived at the very limits of human endeavour. 'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling' - Time Out
'A father...is a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Tóibín turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde's doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats' father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work. Colm Tóibín illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways they surface in their work.
A book by a leading exponent of work with mentally disordered offenders charting key events in a fifty year career, which will be of particular interest to criminal psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers, social workers, judges, magistrates, criminologists, and all students of crime and punishment. From a relatively modest background, Herschel Prins rose to become a leading authority on forensic work with offenders suffering from mental disorder. In this frank and heartfelt account, he traces his journey from main grade probation officer, Home Office civil servant, trainer and inspector to top level positions within academic institutions (notably at Leicester University and Loughborough University), with the Parole Board, key nationwide committees, inquiries and beyond. His reflections on a life geared to enhancing knowledge and understanding in this sphere contain unique insights for practitioners and general readers alike - and words of wisdom for the Criminal Justice System as it enters the second decade of the 21st century. Praise for Herschel Prins In a field prone to disappointment and disillusion he continues to stimulate and inspire: Sir Michael Day OBE I can think of no-one more instrumental at the pivotal meeting point of crime, criminal justice and mental disorder: Andrew Rutherford A monument to unassertive sanity: Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC One of my heroes: David Wilson From the Foreword 'Herschel has spent his professional life working with the troubled and the troublesome, the unloved (and the often unlovely) where the consistent theme of his work has been to combine the practical with an awareness of what is possible when one works with mentally disordered offenders. Why choose that life and these clients? What demands has that choice made on him, his family, his colleagues? . . . Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know sets out to answer these and other questions': David Wilson
The summer of 2006 belonged to Russell Brand. From being the commentator on Big Brother to upstaging Jonathan Ross on the chat show king's own programme, there was no escaping Russell's lewd, innuendo-laden humour. This is the biography of Russell Brand.
Pete Burns sadly passed away aged 57 in 2016. He became a star with the band Dead Or Alive, who had a huge hit with "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" but there was much more to Pete than meets the eye - and with his extraordinary features and sense of fashion, that's really saying something. His amazing autobiography includes frank details of his affairs with major rock stars, his long-time marriage, how he had to sell his GBP 2m house to pay for the plastic surgery that went wrong and caused horrific injuries. Pete had an amazing career and commanded a huge global following. When it came to going into the Big Brother house, Pete declared he was not going to be a team player - and this sensational book about his life shows how he's always been a true individual and a born star.