Sir Ranulph Fiennes takes a journey around his eccentric family tree, and reveals how he came to be described by the Guinness Book of Records as 'the world's greatest living explorer'
In 2009 Sir Ranulph Fiennes became the oldest Briton to climb Everest. He was also the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In 1993 Fiennes was awarded the OBE because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over GBP10 million for charity.
'It is lively and vivid, and often exciting as we anticipate each plunge into deadly Arctic waters. There are some wonderful throwaway lines . . . So, not an alien species after all but - as they say - a national treasure.' * Spectator * 'It's exhausting just reading about his exploits, so it is a perfect bedtime book. It's delightful to plump up one's duck-down pillows while vicariously enduring Fiennes's successive plunges into the deadly waters of the Artcic, and his festering crotch-rot.' * Helena Drysdale, New Statesman Books of the Year * 'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling' * Time Out * 'Rip-roaringly readable' * Guardian * '"Ran' epitomises British phlegm, and he puts all other glory-seekers to shame. His dry wit, self deprecation and steely determination never to feel a scrap of self-pity are in the very best tradition of British travel writing. Long may he continue tomake us glad that we are not him, while we stand in awe.' * Country Life * 'This is 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 Magazine * 'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling' * Time Out * 'Rip-roaringly readable' * Guardian * 'If you ever struggle to drag yourself out of bed on a winter's morning, pick up a copy of Ranulph Fiennes' autobiography. It's an inspiration.' * Mail on Sunday * Praise for MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW * - * Fascinating...it is some family tree * Adrian Chiles, The One Show * A whirlwind romp through the annals of time, peopled with the good, the bad and downright mad among the Fiennes clan. * Sunday Telegraph *