What are the best books to buy about survival and bushcraft? The best 10 books on the subject from my library, are listed below:
Mears, Ray – Outdoor Survival Handbook
Brown, Tom – Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival
Kochanski, Mors – Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and wilderness survival
Gatty, Harold – Finding your way without map or compass
Akkermans, Anthonio – Bushcraft Skills and how to survive in the wild
Mabey, Richard – Food for Free
Wiseman, John – SAS Survival Handbook
Montgomery, David – Mountainman Crafts and Skills
Wescott, David – Primitive Technology: A book of earth skills
These books are easily accessible, cheap and well written with clear diagrams and instruction. Not one is perfect and in the end you still have to put the work in and get your hands dirty – but these have been well tested. The authors often have other books but I like these as being down to earth and not of the “coffee table” type. Comments or suggestions are welcome, if you have other books you woud strongly argue for, I’d like to hear.
Follow the links for more info on the books – links to Amazon.co.uk or write to me for advice.
I live in the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland and specialise in natural navigation, survival in hostile environments, wild foods, shelters without wood and practical problem solving (ie, when it is not written in a book).