Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, 2 x 8pp colour sections, B/W maps
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780340951699



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I feel guilty for trying to write a review on this book by an extraordinary man.The sheer mass of adventures Sir Ranulph has undertaken means that the expeditions form the majority of this book, and the number of expeditions mean that some detail is lost. It is also easy to become used to reading about frostbite, polar bears, snow blindness, etc.. and to forget that the scale of the challenges is immense and often deadly.

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An interesting and fascinating story of an interesting and fascinating man and his adventures.

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What an incredible life. I've wanted to read this since first seeing Ranulph Fiennes on an episode of <i>Top Gear</i> several years ago. The adventures he's achieved in his life are completely absorbing and come through brilliantly in his writing. There isn't a single escapade that I'd even dare think about attempting, but it's good to know that there are people like Sir Ranulph who do.