Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Outdoor Survival Handbook by Raymond Mears - Review

Ray Mears is rarely mentioned on this site but he has produced some very good books to go with the more coffee table style ones which accompany his TV series.
The Outdoor Survival Handbook is one of these and I believe it was the second book he had published. The title is something of a misnomer as there is little about survival but an awful lot about bushcraft in it. The book is layed out in 4 sections based upon the seasons. There is sensible information on kit and a wide variety of project ideas. It is well illustrated with clear line drawings throughout.
Some of the sections are particularly interesting such as those on story telling and weaving a grass duvet. Most of the sections give you enough information to give it a go but they are not step by step tutorials.
This is a book I've borrowed from the library before and I can't believe it took me until the end of this summer to get a copy. It really is an excellent book and the influence of other writers, notably Mors Kochanski, can be seen clearly in certain sections. This book is worth 9/10.


OGTL said...

Nice review- I have the Outdoor Survival Handbook as well and found the illustrations particularly useful.