Step By Step

Step By Step☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Step By Step By Simon Reeve ❤ – In TV adventurer Simon Reeve's bestselling memoir he describes how he has journeyed across epic landscapes dodged bullets on frontlines walked through minefields and been detained for spying by the KG In TV adventurer Simon Reeve's bestselling memoir he describes how he has journeyed across epic landscapes dodged bullets on frontlines walked through minefields and been detained for spying by the KGB His travels have taken him across jungles deserts mountains and oceans and to some of the most beautiful dangerous Step By ePUB × and remote regions of the worldIn this revelatory account of his life Simon gives the full story behind some of his favourite expeditions and traces his own inspiring personal journey back to leaving school without ualifications teetering on a bridge and then overcoming his challenges by climbing to a 'Lost Valley' and changing his life Step By Step.

Simon Reeve is an author and broadcaster In recent years he's been travelling around little known regions of the world for a series of BBC television documentaries.

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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Step By Step
  • Simon Reeve
  • English
  • 09 August 2015
  • 9781473689121

10 thoughts on “Step By Step

  1. Caroline says:

    I'm a great fan of Simon Reeve's bitter sweet travel programmes they are a real exploration of the highs and lows that different countries and places have to offerand although still uite young he has carved impressive paths round our globe I think he researches and writes all of these documentaries himself too He is far from being just a pretty faced front man He also has a natural warmth and interest in people which brings out the best in those he talks to I find his programmes alternately inspiring and distressing but always gripping Each one is a roller coaster and I inevitably feel afterwards that I have learnt something newI have always presumed that people who work successfully in serious television have been sprinkled with fairy dust most of it gleaned from public schools and then while working for first class degrees at Oxford or Cambridge It was a shock therefore to read Reeve's autobiography and learn how very different his life has beenReeves was brought up in uite a poor part of London and he and his schoolmates were real delinuents They would shoplift or fill car locks with glue At one time they broke into a stage school near where they lived which had suffered a fire and they uite literally smashed it to pieces Then they did the same thing again to the same school Within a few weeks we were told the damage was so bad the school could no longer be repaired and they had to move to another building He'd take rides in stolen cars and set fire to rubbish bins They would steal petrol from pumps and cars and start fires At thirteen he started carrying a knife You could buy ludicrous weapons by mail order just by ticking a box to say you were over sixteen He ended up with a knife the size of a machete I revelled in the secret feeling of power and respect carrying a knife gave me Nobody looks up to a thirteen year oldI thought carrying a knife would give me authority In the years since I've been held up at chaotic guerrilla checkpoints abroad by kids the age I was back then carrying Kalashnikovs rather than knives I've seen the look in their eyes and sensed how they gloried in a feeling of powerHe argues however that he was never nasty I often felt at risk of a random act of violence Over a few years I was mugged for pocket money was punched hard in the face by a youth wearing a knuckleduster medallion ring and was chased by a gang of older boys who threatened to kill meI was also threatened by another boy with a knife I was never a gang member or a really bad lad I don't think I was never a brutal hard kid I was never deliberately violent and nobody feared me Given my marshmallow ideas of what constitutes anti social behaviour however I found these descriptions pretty chillingAt fourteen he was referred by his school for counselling for three years and he acknowledges that this helped keep him stable For me it also indicates that the school felt he had serious problems It seems to me to be uite a giant step for a school to recommend counsellingHis home life was dysfunctional His father taught maths at one of the toughest in London a place that was traumatising for the staff as well as the pupils His father was a competitive man uick to anger who often didn't think twice before ranting and shouting Confrontation was often his parenting style Although he could be softer the relationship was hugely destructive He and Reeve fought verbally and sometimes physically Reeve also had a fiery temper and put his foot through a door and his fist into a wall He bashed his brother who then threw knives at him There was endless shouting and sometimes things got so violent that the neighbours called the police to come and break it up Reeves found the rows incredibly upsetting they dominated my feelings and emotions Over the years of my middle teens the arguments and upheaval at home fed a sense of despair and depression that slowly grew within meLeaving school was a very difficult time for Reeves and he felt suicidal He was so pessimistic about his future He still suffers with depression now although feels that he has learnt to cope with it better He sees life in shades of grey Then two things happened that had a massive effect on his life to the extent his life was completely turned aroundOn a whim he caught a train up to Scotland and while there he climbed a mountain The weather was bad and he was inadeuately dressed for the climb It was very challenging He passed climbers who suggested that he turn back but he continued to climband eventually he reached the summit It was a pivotal moment This gave him a sense of achievement that had hitherto been missing from his lifeThen his father spotted an advertisement in the back of The Sunday Times The newspaper wanted a small team of boys and girls for their post department and was holding out the possibility of some journalism training for anyone who worked hard There were thousands of over ualified graduates jostling for any job in the media but this ad was aimed exclusively at non graduates Reeves filled in the form and sent an accompanying piece of writing an essay he had written on Schindler's Ark There were five positions available on the paper Over 5000 people applied Reeves was one of the five who were taken on From a life where work was bottom of his list of priorities it became the most important thing in his life He worked massively hard doing even the most menial of chores with enthusiasm and always walking the extra mile to get everything done as perfectly as possible Slowly he moved from being a post boy to being someone who helped the journalists with doing the initial research based on newspaper cuttings He then started occasionally going out on jobs providing backing for investigative journalists Then he started writing He was obviously very good on all these fronts Eventually he became the youngest staff writer in the history of Times NewspapersAfter a successful career he left the paper to write a book called The New Jackals It was published in 1998 He was inspired to do this by a bomb exploding beneath the World Trade Centre in New York in 1993 The book explored the person behind the bombing Ramzi Yousef a colleague of his called Osama bin Laden and and gave an overview of terrorism The book was largely ignored That is until the September 11 attacks in 2001 on The World Trade Centre when suddenly everyone wanted to read his book interview him and get his views on terrorist activity The book became a bestseller one of the biggest selling non fiction books in AmericaHe was working as a freelance writer and author when an acuaintance who worked for the BBC suggested that Reeve audition for a role of documentary presenter He went to their head office for an interviewand thus began his television careerwhich has been such a success The book ends with marvellous descriptions of some of his early documentaries Not only are the countries he visits fascinating but he also has so much respect for the people he encounters and I find that most inspiring To those who are familiar with his work this book is every bit as good as his documentaries I highly recommend itSo far he has covered the Mediterranean Russia Turkey Burma the Caribbean the Tropic of Cancer the sacred rivers in India Greece Australia Ireland the euator ports round the Indian Ocean and the arctic Currently we are watching his travels through the Americas

  2. Nicki says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Simon Reeve’s BBC documentaries so as soon as I knew that this book was being published I had to get copy especially on audio as he reads it himselfIf you’ve watched any of his travel documentaries you’ll remember his enthusiasm for meeting new people and travelling to dangerous countries around the world He always comes across as excited and full of life with not a worry in the world This book opens up his early life to reveal a completely different person who struggled with mental health issues and problems with his father’s authority as a teenager something that you’d never imagine from his on screen personaeHe was so open about these issues that I wanted to give him a big hug and tell him everything would be okay He talks about how desperately depressed he was how disinterested he was with school and his futureHis account of how he got lucky with a job as The Times mail boy and how he progressed on the paper was fascinating As was his research for his book “The New Jackals Ramzi Yousef Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism” that sank without a trace in 1999The stories of his first travel documentaries were really interesting revealing how he waned to be Michael Palin than Alan Wicker on TVI can’t recommend this book highly enough especially if you too have enjoyed Simon’s travel documentaries

  3. Nigel says:

    I encountered Simon Reeve via his programmes on the BBC In them he introduced me to some places I was aware of and a number that I was not In both cases he always opened my eyes to aspects I was unaware of and often things that were unsettling He did this openly and with good humour He always seemed to respect and be concerned about the people who featured in the programmes The idea of reading his biography was enormously appealingFortunately it came up to expectations So if you want to know how much someone might get for their kidney in Moldova or the price of a fake diplomatic passport in Somalia this may interest you It goes far beyond that taking in arms dumps in what was part of the Soviet Union which was scary and fascinating However interesting to me was the parts about him personally and his thoughts on modern travel and tourism He left school with virtually no ualifications and almost committed suicideHe tries to make his programmes honest and so reveals what camera crews have often not shown in African reserves for example He experiences in the DRC were powerful He also made a series on unrecognised states fascinating Without uestion one of my favourite books of this year and this will be an all time favourite non fiction book Maybe not perfect so 455 but very happily rounded up

  4. Chris Steeden says:

    ‘I had been a teenage delinuent who left school without ualifications and went on the dole I suffered from mental health issues and was a whisker from suicide’ That was Simon Reeve not me I worked very hard when I was a teenager Working at Safeway whilst doing my A levels and then getting a job immediately after That was me and not Simon ReeveI had been catching up on some of the BBC travel series by Simon Reeve that I hadn’t seen before including Euator which was his first major one back in 2006 This is where the book starts Gabon West Africa He had contracted malaria All part of the job when you visit these areas Nonetheless it’s best avoided I will uite happily watch all his travel shows and learn a lot I had read Tropic of Capricorn by him and it was so sanctimonious it could put you off him for life as an author I have read nothing by him since and didn’t intend to until now when I found this in the bargain bin OK let’s give it a goHe goes over his teenage delinuency and mental health issues His mental health is really uite serious After this while looking for a job he gets the advice to ‘Take things step by step’After this the book takes a turn He spends a lot of time going over a couple of his first TV documentaries ‘Meet the Stans’ and ‘Places that Don’t Exist’ All very interesting indeed He goes over his ‘Euator’ journey That is where it ends even though he has done a lot travel docsIt was an OK read just

  5. Jamie Bowen says:

    If Michael Palin was the man for travel shows in the 80s and 90s Simon Reeve is the man for the 21st century This autobiographical book gives an insight into a troubled history in his youth to his success with the BBC Some of the stories he tells along the way are incredible Fundamentally you learn about the man that you never new and I couldn’t put the book down when I started reading it

  6. Ger says:

    I was looking forward to this book as I'm a huge Simon Reeve fan I liked it but I didn't love it I expected far personal autobiography however most of that is limited to the early parts of the book then it's basically a travel book around different countries Still worth a read but I expected

  7. Karen says:

    I think if people watched Simon Reeve's programmes and read his books the world would be a better place Thanks for showing us the light and the shade Simon It is priceless

  8. Wolfgang says:

    I discovered Simon Reeve only in 2019 on BBC I think he is virtually unknown in the US for his work on travel documentaries which is a shame These are not touristy travel guides but in depth explorations of various fascinating areas of the world While the scenic parts are covered the series show the day to day living conditions political and economic issues of every area Simon visits and does it through his eyes and his interactions with local 'real' people The book is an auto biography of Simon Reeve's life from his days as a troubled youth to a world traveling famous explorer and movie maker The book is a exhilarating read and gives deep insight into the uite surprising twists and turns of Simon's life Way before his career with the BBC he spent several years researching and writing a book about the first World Trade Center attack in 1993 His book was almost ignored but the terror attack on 911 suddenly propelled Simon onto the media stage because he had all the factual background information that the media largely lacked Taking that chance of a door opener and turning it into something sublimely positive with his later work that explains vast areas of the world to a large audience is a great accomplishmentLarge parts of the book explain how he and his tiny team put these travel adventures together far from the notion of a big budget crew that I envisioned and it also explains that the authenticity of his series is genuine and not an accident Everything is very personal and Simon himselfOne of the most rewarding characteristics of Simon's work and also this book is his positive open mind and enthusiasm towards anything new and towards any new personal encounters May he never lose his sense of curiosity and wonder

  9. Brigid Gallagher says:

    Simon Reed writes openly about his early struggles with mental health issues as he literally travels Step by Step out of serious depression He shares his early aspirations to join MI6 and walking into their headuarters looking for a job before getting his first break as a post boy for the Sunday Times newspaper later researching the bombing of the World Trade Center and writing The New Jackals Ramzi Yousef Osama bin Laden and The Future of Terrorism which became the one and only book written on al aeda when the Twin Towers fellAlthough he did not set out to be on television fate had other ideas and Meet the Stans became his first groundbreaking series that has led to many othersHe shares many of his travel adventures to places less travelled by others with intelligence good humour and empathy for those struggling with poverty war and basic human rightsHighly recommended

  10. Laura says:

    'I have always been taken by a line used by Archbishop Desmond Tutu about the arrival of Christianity on the continent ‘When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land They said “Let us pray” We closed our eyes When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land’ Simon Reeve I love Simon Reeve His travels are not for the erudite he doesn't aim to teach history context or anthropology And yet he always manages to show us forgotten parts of the world people's daily lives their battle against climate change and against the forces of corruption greed fanaticism despotism in a non patronising manner His travels are small vignettes pieced together into a geographical theme with minimal commentary and just enough for us to add our own thoughts Perhaps because of his lack of a strict high level education he is so popular in that he fills the gaps of other travel writers bottom up almost unbridled by political educational or historical bias An empirical approach that works well in the midst of a lot of unnecessary talk

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