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.

 Published Books

2019

Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know

The definitive autobiography, this book tells of travels to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on Earth and near-death experiences, as well as the tales of the military man, charity fundraiser, mountaineer, athlete and would-be James Bond.

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2016

Colder

Sir Ranulph has written plenty about his adventures, but in Colder he presents the illustrated version. Complete with personal photographs, maps and diary notes, this new narrative is the perfect coffee table guide to understanding this great explorer.

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2014

Agincourt

On the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph casts new light on this epic event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V - and at least one for the French. It’s a unique perspective from a trained and decorated soldier.

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2012

The Sett

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.

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2003

Captain Scott

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.

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1992

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.

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1984

Bothie the Polar Dog

Written with his late wife Virginia, the star of this book is a feisty Jack Russell terrier who accompanies a group of explorers on a North/South Pole circumnavigation. Out of print now, you can still pick up a second-hand copy.

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1976

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.

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2019

The Elite

Inspired by the heroic war time escapades of his father, as well as drawing on his own experiences in the special forces, acclaimed adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes thrillingly explores the history of elite military units, from ancient Sparta to the War on Terror.

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2015

Heat

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.

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2013

Cold

Subtitled “Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth”, this remarkable book reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet, from early voyages from Cook to Shackleton, through to Sir Ranulph’s own extraordinary feats.

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2010

My Heroes

He may be an inspiration to millions around the world, but here Sir Ranulph talks about those who inspires him. Written in his inimitable style, My Heroes describes the extraordinary and often horrific events that led these ordinary individuals to become heroes.

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2000

Beyond the Limits

As he recovered from an unsupported attempt to reach the North Pole - an expedition that nearly cost him his life - Sir Ranulph reflected on three decades of adventures in all corners of the globe, and what he has learned from them.

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1992

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.

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1979

Hell on Ice

Sir Ranulph’s account of his expedition to the north polar ice cap during the freak winter of 1976-77, where he was part of a group of four men and two women journeying with no previous polar experience. Out of print now, but second hand copies still available.

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1975

The Headless Valley

The tale of the 1971 expedition through British Columbia to Deadmen (Headless) Valley, South Nahanni River Valley, Mackenzie District, this is a look at the early days of the man who would become our greatest living explorer. Out of print now but second hand copied available.

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2016

Fear: Our Ultimate Challenge

Even with all of his extraordinary achievements, there is one thing that gets to Sir Ranulph Fiennes: his fear of heights. In Fear, Sir Ranulph delves into his own experiences to try and explain what fear is, how it happens and how he’s overcome it so successfully.

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2014

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.

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2012

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?

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2010

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.

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1999

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.

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1992

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?

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1979

Living Dangerously

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.

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1972

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.

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