Further adventures in extreme (and not so extreme) sports, from the bestselling author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS.
Having learnt aikido with the Tokyo riot police (Angry White Pyjamas), hunted for the world's longest snake in the jungles of the Far East (Big Snake), Robert Twigger now turns his attention to other traditionally male pursuits and pastimes (some of which are fairly close to home, some of which are more extreme), and looks at the questions these raise about masculinity and the role of man in modern society. Being a Man features Twigger participating in and writing on: the informal rules and thrill-seeking of solo climbing, bullfighting in Spain, the 'illicit pleasures of buying my first gun' and the rules of survival with a tribe of Naga headhunters- the sort of activities and pursuits often scorned in the modern, interiorised, office-basd world
He is certainly very good on the allure of some male-dominated subcultures - Guardian
If Twigger really is lamenting a passing age of masculinity, he does so in quixotic style in this amusing memoir - The Times
Twigger is acute and disarming, and his book on manliness has the refreshing virtue of declining to see women as the enemy - New Statesman - Robert Winder
A beguiling stylist, he interleaves reminiscence and aphorism to produce something wholly original. A tour de force. - Will Self
Robert Twigger is a British author, poet and adventurer. After attending Oxford University he trained with the Tokyo Riot Police, which became the subject of his bestselling book Angry White Pyjamas. He has been awarded the Newdigate Prize for poetry, the Somerset Maugham Award for Literature and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
He led the expedition that was the first to cross the Great Sand Sea of the Egyptian Sahara solely on foot, and another that was the first to cross Western Canada in a birchbark canoe since 1793. He is the author of eight books, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as several collections of poetry. Big Snake was filmed for Channel 4.