Guy Grieve – a passion for adventure, an evening with the author, adventurer, entrepreneur ,TV presenter

  1. September 26, 2013 5:40 pm

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Date(s) - 11/10/2013
7:45 pm - 9:15 pm


Harrogate Library

Victoria Avenue



Harrogate Library proudly presents an evening with Author, Adventurer, Entrepreneur ,TV presenter…Guy Grieve.

Guy Grieve has done what many of us only fantasise about; he has quit the rat race, followed his dreams and embarked on a life of adventure! From spending a year living in the Alaskan wilderness, just to see if he could, to sailing with his family around the Caribbean and across the Atlantic. His life is now very different to his previous 9-5, office existence.

The adventures started in 2004, when Guy abandoned his long daily commute burned his suit and spent a year living alone in a self-built cabin in the sub-arctic wilderness of Alaska, 300 miles from the nearest road. This incredible experience led to his first book, Call Of The Wild. His next escapade, a foraging expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with chef Thomasina Miers became the Channel 4 TV series and the book ‘Wild Gourmets.’ From there he hasn’t looked back co-presenting Living with Monkeys for BBC and featuring in a number of other TV documentaries that have taken him around the world.

Now Guy’s adventures happen closer to home, on the Isle of Mull, 30 metres under the sea. Guy’s fight for sustainability has led him to start up a much-acclaimed ethical fishing. He and his wife Juliet re-mortgaged their home and maxed out three credit cards to set up The Ethical Shellfish Company, which supplies seafood to British restaurants. Fish are line-caught and scallops are hand-dived, many of them collected by Grieve himself, who sticks to a gruelling schedule of early rises and three to four dives a day.
Guy will be at Harrogate Library to share the experiences recounted in his latest book “Sea Legs: one family’s year on the Ocean”, the incredible story of his family’s 15,000 mile voyage around the Caribbean and across the Atlantic in a second-hand sailing boat. They encountered everything from sharks to pirates, treacherous coral and 20 ft waves…not to mention the possible swingers… forcing Guy and Juliet to draw on reserves of courage and endurance they never knew they had. ‘Sea Legs’ is wry, funny and buccaneering, a compelling tale of bravery and endeavour out on the open sea.
Would be adventurers and those who enjoy hearing from others who have the nerve to truly ‘do something different’ will find Guy’s talk fascinating and inspirational.

Tickets for this event, priced at £3.50 (£2.50 for under 16s) to include refreshments, are now available from Harrogate Library and Customer Services Centre, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 1EG Tel: 0845 034 9520. email

North Yorkshire libraries are working in Partnership with ‘Try Reading’ and the Rugby League World Cup 2013 to bring inspirational authors to libraries. The Try Reading project is being funded with an award from the National Lottery supported £6 million Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund

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