Adventurer Bear Grylls Inspires Readers to Live Boldly and ‘Never Give Up’ [REVIEW]

Bear Grylls
“I look worried here because moments earlier the photographer sent to join this adventure almost stepped back over a cliff face!” (Photo courtesy RealBearGrylls/Facebook)
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In Never Give Up, the sequel to Bear Grylls’ first autobiography, the British adventurer proves he still has plenty of stories to tell about life on television, his exploits in the great outdoors, and the people who have taken the journey alongside him.

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Grylls may not seem like a man who doubts himself. After all, he’s become one of the most widely recognized adventurers in recent history. Still, there are days when he tells himself not to screw things up and moments when he lacks confidence and fears the unknown. Not that he lets his nerves keep him from attempting something new. “Fear is a terrible reason not to do something,” Grylls says.

Take television, for example. In the early days of his entertainment career, he was perfectly content being on the U.K.’s Channel 4. “Mainly because my mum would see it,” he says.

In fact, until the Discovery network debuted his show Ultimate Survival—the precursor to Man vs. Wild—appearing on a heavily hyped primetime U.S. television show was a pipe dream. When it happened though, it unlocked the door to the rest of his life and gave him some mind-blowing moments that will stay with him forever.

Reading Never Give Up is an adventure unto itself. Here Grylls elaborates on episodes of his show we remember watching to tell us the stories that didn’t make it to air. He explains why he drank urine to survive and what it actually tastes like, and why he has become so cautious about eating local delicacies like giant, fresh, raw goat testicles. Yes, both activities are repulsive and described in vivid detail, but Grylls’ sense of humor is so on point, I found myself laughing out loud even as I struggled not to toss my cookies.

Despite his popularity, Grylls remains a humble man. He believes in making a good first impression and showing up early to events, things he learned from his mother and his time in the military. Also, while he has worked with revered actors like Channing Tatum and Julia Roberts or politicians like President Barack Obama and the prime minister of India, it has been the little-known local people who have left an indelible, lasting impression on him. There were folks like Shelby who lived on a trailer balanced on sticks in the middle of a Louisiana swamp and the old guy chest deep in mud, clearing a road at 3 a.m. in the middle of a torrential downpour. “The more I live, the more I notice the real heroes in life,” Grylls says.

Grylls is also a family man and devoted, albeit unconventional, father. He shares his adventures in matrimony and parenthood here too, including the time he and his wife, Shara, purchased a four-bedroom house on its own private island in Wales. Yes, it sounds glamorous, until I tell you that it makes the house in the Tom Hanks movie The Money Pit seem like Buckingham Palace. Still, it makes for a great story, especially the part about the rats. But I’ll let you find out more about that on your own.

Throughout Never Give Up, we come to realize that at heart Grylls is a truly simple man who thrives in the wild, when he gets the chance to soak up nature in all its rugged, brutal beauty. He never imagined he would become a television star. He got into adventure as a boy, then pursued it as a student at university, and ultimately to avoid the 9-to-5 constraints of work. As such, this is a book that urges us to live boldly, follow our dreams, and explore our planet with hearts and minds that are truly wide open.

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About the author

Bear Grylls is the ultimate adventurer. Growing up on a small island off Britain’s south coast, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age, before finding purpose as a teenager through both mountaineering and martial arts. A second-degree black belt in karate, he joined unit 21 SAS of Britain’s elite Special Forces and at the age of 23 became one of the youngest climbers to scale Mount Everest.

Grylls went on to headline the acclaimed television series Man vs. Wild for seven seasons, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. He currently stars on National Geographic’s Emmy-nominated series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, where he takes such stars as Shaquille O’Neal, Channing Tatum, and Kate Winslet into the wild. An adventurer known for his many exploits, including crossing the Arctic Ocean in an inflatable boat and surviving many of the world’s most hostile deserts and jungles, Grylls is also a dedicated family man to his wife and three sons.

For more information, visit or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls
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By Bear Grylls
336 pp. National Geographic. $28

Purchase Never Give Up direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

Never Give Up is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

One Response to Adventurer Bear Grylls Inspires Readers to Live Boldly and ‘Never Give Up’ [REVIEW]

  1. Sara Strand says:

    This sounds like an interesting read, thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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