Ben Fogle

Since appearing on Castaway in 2000, Ben Fogle has presented numerous programmes including Animal Park, Countryfile, Wild in Africa, CruftsExtreme Dreams and Countrywise . Ben has won a Royal Television Society award for the highly acclaimed Through Hell and High Water. He is currently a Special Correspondent for NBC News in the US and is also a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, an Ambassador for WWF and an Ambassador for Tusk. 

Ben's first book, The Teatime Islands (Penguin, 2004), about the islands of the British Empire, was short listed for the WH Smith's People's Award for best travel book. In 2005 he took part in the Atlantic Rowing Race with double Olympic oarsman James Cracknell, setting a British pairs record of 49 days, 19 hours and 8 minutes. This extraordinary journey is recounted in Ben and James' book, The Crossing (Atlantic, 2007). In 2009 Ben and James teamed up again to partake in the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race, the first race to the South Pole since Scott and Amundsen's historic race nearly 100 years ago.  Ben and James' account of the expedition, Race to The Pole (Macmillan, 2009), was a Sunday Times bestseller.  

Ben has published two volumes of memoirs. The first, The Accidental Adventurer (Bantam, 2011), is a compelling, fun, sometimes harrowing book about defying expectations, conquering fears and being the hero of your own life. The second, The Accidental Naturalist (Bantam, 2012) details his working life with animals, his passion for wildlife, conservation and the environment. 

Ben has also written on the history of British icons. Labrador (William Collins, 2015) is a unique social history of the breed investigating why Labradors have become the world's most adored dogs. The bestselling Land Rover (William Collins, 2016) is the story of the car that conquered the world. English (William Collins, 2017), his most recent book, takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country of wax jackets, cricket, boat races and jellied eels, by way of national treasures such as the shipping forecast, fish and chips and the Wellington boot. He is also the author of the UK bestselling children's book series Mr Dog.

Up (William Collins, 2018) chronicles Ben's most exhausting challenge yet: his ascent up Everest. 

Inspire: Life Lessons from the Wilderness (William Collins, 2020) reflects on the significance of nature to all our lives and shows us how we can benefit from living a little more wild.



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