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6 November

New Book- Life on the Edge – Defying Death in Danger Zones by OV Nick Hales

Many OVs leave King’s with a passion to explore the world and go on to have fantastic adventures so we were very excited to find out that OV Nick Hales (S 74-81) has just had a book published in which he shares some of his own amazing stories.

Nick told us,  “A couple of years ago I started writing a book about the countries I had worked and lived in. The original motivation was that I would have something that my grandchildren could read about their grandad. After showing a couple of chapters to family and friends, they encouraged me to publish it, if I ever completed it…. I finished it!

Here is the description:

Shot at in Zambia, detained as a spy in Botswana, dived with sharks in the oilfields of Saudi Arabia, survived lethal gases and underground earthquakes in a South African Gold mine, outsmarted marauding soldiers and avoided mortar attacks in Zaïre, braved Taliban death-threats in Pakistan and presided over Voodoo ceremonies in West Africa—just some of the tales in this account of Nick’s colourful past. Life on the Edge is a testimony to bygone times when a young maverick foreigner could transform lives while working in some of the most fascinating places on earth.


Photo was taken on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine 8 Shaft, South Africa. I was at a depth of just over 2 kilometres. There had been a fall of the hanging wall (collapse of the roof) a couple of minutes before I arrived.





Following civil unrest in Togo in 1992 I had to flee the country. The border was closed so I crossed the Mono River, with my car on two dug-out canoes, into the neighbouring country Benin.




Handing out food during the catastrophic floods of 2007 in Bangladesh. UNICEF stated it was the worst flooding in memory with 85% of the country underwater.





Photo was taken on the historic Khyber Pass which connects Pakistan and Afghanistan. There are many military commemorative plaques of regiments that served in the area engraved into the rock on the sides of the Pass.





After trekking along the Baltoro glacier in Northern Pakistan for two weeks I finally got to see the awesome K2 mountain. The second highest mountain in the world.”