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 10 million for charity.
Praise for MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW - -'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'Rip-roaringly readable' - Guardian'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling' - Time Out'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'"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'Rip-roaringly readable' - Guardian'Even readers with a broadly low tolerance for macho heroism will find themselves gripped . . . compelling' - Time Out