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Literature review – How to survive by John Hudson

How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World

How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World

Okay so this isn’t an archery related book but I was curious about this book when I saw it advertised a few months back. I had been a fan of John Hudson after first seeing him a series called Survive That and then on an episode of Ed Stafford series: First man out. Nicknamed the Professor by his fellow presenters on Survive That. He comes across as a most capable individual who uses his very calm head to survive what ever situation he finds himself in.

John Hudson Bio image

I have to say the book was not a disappointment, as I found it a very easy read and strangely relaxing to read at times too. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me post about sitting under a tree with a cup of coffee reading the book, whilst waiting for a group of students to arrive for their archery lesson.
Unlike other survival books it is not technical or heavy in content on how to light a fire or build a shelter. Actually to be completely accurate the appendix at the back does give a great breakdown of how to plan and start a fire, with the second one detailing igloo construction. So there are some survival techniques.
Instead of focusing on techniques, it focuses on the mindset of the survivor. Nor is the books an autobiography of Johns life or a guide to survival technique which John is an expert, but something I think, no feel is potentially far more useful. It explores survival stories and at the end of each chapter summaries elements with the last chapters looking at how we can apply strategies to modern life.
I think because of this I found it a really good read and a book I have gone back to, to reread parts and chapters, which I think is what John intended when he wrote the book. I have found myself making notes from his summaries on more than one occasion. One of the things I quite like is his survival triangle Hope, Plan and Work.

Survival triangle

I feel he wants you to read it and reflect on the content, applying the knowledge. It has certainly made me think about things and how ideas might be applied.
For those interested here are the details. My copy is a hard back, I’m afraid I don’t know if a paper back version is out
Title: How to Survive: Lessons for Everyday Life from the Extreme World
Author: John Hudson
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN10: 1509833560
ISBN13: 978-1509833566
I think this is a great stocking filler or maybe a survival guide for the festive season, so well done Professor.
Thanks for reading.
PS the next article on Target Panic will be out in a couple of days I just wanted to get this out as I thought it might be a good Christmas present

Literature Review – Bow International Guide to Archery

Bow International - Guide to archery cover

Bow International – Guide to archery cover

Having been lucky enough to win a copy of Bow International Guide to Archery in the magazines Christmas draw I  thought it a great opportunity to give the publication a literature review on this site so here goes.
The book is a large format 114 page publication in a similar style to that of the magazine, being filled with colour photographs, diagrams and adverts from archery suppliers.
To be honest I have always been a little dubious of publishing houses producing a digest of articles previously published in their magazine. I can understand why they do it, just never sure it is worth the cost for the reader. In this case I actually think it is. At £9:95 it’s not over priced and I think it could be of benefit for newbies as it covers some basics well, as well as those archers wanting to expand their archery related library and knowledge. There are certainly articles I would and have recommend to people who are novices or experienced archers.
One such is Chris Wells on Shot Sequence along with articles on preparing for competition.
Bow International - Guide to archery

Bow International – Guide to archery

The articles are easy to read and informative giving an oversight on different elements of our hobby. The topics covered being quite varied from setting up a recurve bow to things to consider when shooting field courses. Some of the articles are quite a light touch on the subjects giving a brief overview rather than in depth analysis which you might find in other books. That is to be expected as after all there are only a few pages to cover a lot of subject knowledge.
Bow International - Guide to archery

Bow International – Guide to archery

I found myself picking it up and reading an article or two between jobs or in an evening when I had some spare time.
On the subject of topics covered, personally I would like to see more on the traditional side of the hobby along with elements on the instinctive archery, but this is entirely for personal taste and interest. Priced for just under £10 I believe it gives you a few ideas and wets your appetite to do some more research.
Overall I’d give it 8 / 10
Thanks for reading.