A Celebrated Author
More than 20 books penned
The closest most of us will come to being an expeditionary force of nature like Sir Ranulph Fiennes is reading one of the 20-odd books the legend himself has written.
Sir Ranulph writes both fiction and non-fiction books, all with an adventurous bent. English Literature was just about his only O-level success, so he does enjoy writing - and why wouldn’t you when one of your school teachers was none other than John LeCarre. Sir Ranulph says to write a good book, you need to read a great deal on the topic first. Like with his expeditions, research and planning are key.
Whether it’s the tales of one of his own adventures or shining his light on the likes of Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Ranulph has a reputation as an author of edge-of-your-seat, gripping, thrilling adventures that you’ll never believe have a base in real life. Pour yourself a drink, put your feet up, and enjoy the spirit of adventure with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
To the Ends of the Earth
The record of Sir Ranulph’s 52,000 mile adventure to circumpolar navigate the globe in 1979 - the first successful attempt to do so, and where he was joined with fellow members of the 21 SAS regiment - this book captures the natural beauty of the landscapes and the camaraderie of British elite forces.
The Secret Hunters
Canada's North West Territories: the arrival of a plane bound for the military's top secret Alert Base is to change Derek Jacobs' life forever. Consumed by hatred, he is unable to restrain himself from attacking one of the engineers. Who is the engineer and what part did he play in the violent death of Jacobs' mother in Nazi Germany?
Named best biography of 2003 by The Times, and also released as Race to the Pole, this is the first biography of Captain Scott by someone who has experienced the conditions, stress and pain that Scott lived through. It was written with the full and exclusive cooperation of the Scott estate.
Mind Over Matter
In November 1992, Sir Ranulph and Dr Michael Stroud set out to achieve what no one had ever done: to walk and ski unsupported across the 2700km of the Antarctic. They walked an average of 35km a day, surviving on what they could carry or haul. In a journey marred by infection, near-death falls and dangerously low supplies, the pair finally radioed to be picked up after 95 days having raised thousands of pounds for multiple sclerosis research. This book is Sir Ranulph’s account of the expedition.
Where Soldiers Fear to Tread
Detailing Sir Ranulph’s two years as an attached British office to the Sultan of Oman’s army during the Communist insurgency in the Dhofar region at the end of the 1960s. More than a military memoir, it also touches on leadership and local politics. Out of print now, but second hand copies still available.
While Sir Ranulph is known for his expeditions to the coldest places on Earth, he’s also undertaken some extreme adventures at the world’s highest temperatures. Fresh from finishing the Marathon des Sables, Sir Ranulph writes about enduring those hottest conditions, where, without water and shelter, death is inevitable.
The Feather Men
The deaths of four British soldiers, two of them ex SAS, appear at first to be accidental. In fact, they have been targeted by a group of hired assassins, known as the Clinic. This group of contract killers is systematically tracking down elite servicemen and killing them one by one. Desperate to stop the murders, a group of four men, the Feather Men, are recruited to hunt down the Clinic and avenge the soldiers' deaths. But will they get to them in time?
Sir Ranulph’s first autobiography, Living Dangerously details his early life in South Africa, his military career, and his move into expedition leader and world-famous explorer. It gives a taste of the excitement, hardship, vital teamwork and sheer courage which is the life of the modern explorer.
A fight that starts when Alex wakes up in a Lancashire hospital severely battered and with no memory of the brutal attack that put him there. A year's struggle reveals his identity. But Alex is driven to spend a further nine years delving into a global criminal underworld, seeking revenge on his family's killers and becoming dangerously entangled with both the Mafia and the CIA, and with some of the most savage and powerful men in the world.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
He’s explored the ends of the Earth, but here Sir Ranulph adventures into the past to trace his extraordinary family through history. From Charlemagne to the count who very nearly persuaded William the Conqueror to retreat at Hastings, many members of this unique clan have lived close to the nerve centre of the ruler of the day.
Fit for Life
The only way Sir Ranulph has been able to achieve as much as he has is because he’s tuned into his body. He knows the impact the environment can have on our bodies, and he knows how to self-motivate, to avoid stress, illness and injury. This book includes basic exercises designed to help you maintain a minimum level of fitness, as well as training regimes tailored to those aiming for greater heights.
Atlantis of the Sands
This is the account of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' 24-year search for the lost city of Ubar, the Koranic version of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Arabian Desert. The existence of Ubar has been reported by many travellers over the centuries including Marco Polo, Ibn Batuta and Bertram Thomas. Having searched for the site for many years, Sir Ranulph teamed up with an American film-maker in 1968 to track down the likely site. Out of print now, but second hand copies available.
Ice Fall in Norway
The Norwegians have long been a thorn in Sir Ranulph’s side, and this is where it all began. In Autumn of 1970 he led and expedition to Jostedals glacier in Norway, where the team parachuted to the ice surface to survey the glacier and collect specimens. Getting out of the glacier, though, involved a sheer icefall, rivers full of rapids and all manner of adventures. Out of print now but second hand copies available.