Bear Grylls survives new book

Bear Grylls has a new book out and a series of commercials.

Story highlights

  • Survivalist Bear Grylls has released his autobiography
  • He is best known for hosting the series "Man vs. Wild"
  • Grylls said he's working on some new upcoming shows
Best known for hosting Discovery Channel's enormously popular series "Man vs. Wild," British extreme adventurist Bear Grylls recently released his autobiography, "Mud, Sweat & Tears."
The book is essentially the story of how Grylls became the grub eating, naturalist risk taker that has captivated a global audience. The chapters are short and punchy; rarely do they go over three pages and Grylls opens up about his formative years growing up on the Isle of Wight, his time spent at boarding schools and in the SAS (the British Special Air Service), his inabilities to woo girls and his recovery from a parachuting accident that left his back broken.
Earlier this year, Grylls and Discovery failed to come to contract agreements, so at the moment he's currently searching for a new television project. Meanwhile he's enjoying a bit of success for his appearances in a series of Degree deodorant commercials.
CNN recently spoke with Grylls in New York as he was preparing for a book signing.
CNN: Everyone knows about the extreme conditions you put yourself through. Do you write in extreme conditions?
Grylls: No, I didn't want to be away filming, then get home and be a dad and be writing. So I made a rule: I would only write on flights. And I had a load of those. Maybe 18 months on a plane. So I didn't write at home; I need every sense and focus when I'm there.
CNN: But it was at a high altitude, just a little more contained.
Grylls: (Laughs) Yeah. When you're out there, you need every sense of your body working for you. That's why I'm always exhausted at the end of those days. You don't have time for anything like that.
CNN: At this point for you, which is harder for you: surviving a publisher deadline or surviving deadly conditions?
Grylls: Well, the deadlines aren't going to kill you. I don't adhere strictly to deadlines -- writing ones. It's always going to be delayed because stuff takes longer ... I always figure no rush. I take the deadly deadlines more serious than the publisher's deadlines.
CNN: The first third of the book, you discuss your formative years. You seem like a pretty well-adjusted guy. No rebel