Grylls plans kids' books

<p>Former SAS man, outdoors expert and TV personality Bear Grylls is branching out into children&#39;s publishing with a series of adventure titles.</p><p>To be published by Random House Children&#39;s Books&#39; Red Fox imprint, Grylls&#39; Mission Survival series for children (roughly nine to 11-year-olds) will launch in June with <em>Gold of the Gods</em> (p/b, &pound;5.99), with three more to follow in 2009/2010. Billed as &quot;a thrilling new adventure series from a real survival expert&quot;, the books feature intrepid schoolboy Beck Granger, &quot;a brilliant new hero perfect for younger fans of Alex Rider, Young Bond and Chris Ryan&quot;, according to the &shy;publisher. </p><p>The publication coincides with Grylls&#39; new series of &quot;Born Survivor&quot;, set to return to Channel 4 in April in a prime-time Sunday evening slot, and will be supported by a &quot;major marketing and publicity campaign&quot;.</p><p>Fellow RH imprint Transworld, meanwhile, has bought another three books from Grylls after the success of last year&#39;s tie-in to &quot;Born Survivor&quot;. The first, <em>Bear Grylls&rsquo; Great Outdoors Adventure</em>, is due in October. The book will be followed by two more titles&mdash;one &quot;biographical&quot; and one &quot;motivational&quot;, according to Transworld editorial director Doug Young.</p>