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The extraordinary life story of the world's most intrepid young explorer.

Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. As a teenager, he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan. On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance.

Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures . . .

Known and admired by millions, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat and Tears is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike.


A series of ripping yarns by the affable Grylls, made all the more remarkable because they are all true.

Mick Toal, Daily Telegraph, Sydney

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 2, 2012

    Channel 4

    480 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    August 1, 2011

    Transworld Digital

    480 pages

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