That Bear Ate My Pants!

‘That Bear’ is the first book I wrote – the one that started it all! It came about because my trip to Ecuador was so unbelievable, so ridiculous, that I just knew I had to tell the stories to a wider audience. After spending a few years trying to get a publishing deal for it, only to be told be a top London agent that I’d never sell it because I wasn’t famous – I decided to self-publish. Since then, my unpublishable memoir has sold over 20,000 copies, and has funded my adventures for the last few years! Here’s the blurb:


That Bear CoverThere comes a time in every man’s life when he says to himself, “Holy Sh*t! I’m about to be eaten by a bear!”

Tony James Slater went to Ecuador, determined to become a man.
It never occurred to him that ‘or die trying’ might be an option…

The trouble with volunteering in a South American animal refuge is that everything wants a piece of you. And the trouble with being Tony, is that most of them got one.

Just how do you ‘look after’ something that’s trying its damnedest to kill you and eat you?
And how do you find love when you a) don’t speak the language, and b) are constantly covered in excrement and entrails?

If only he’d had some relevant experience. Other than owning a pet rabbit when he was nine. And if only he’d bought some travel insurance…

That Bear Ate My Pants is the hilarious tale of one man’s quest to better himself. Whether losing a machete fight with a tree, picking dead tarantulas out of a tank of live ones or sewing the head back on to a partially decapitated crocodile, Tony’s misadventures are ridiculous, unbelievable and always entertaining.

Long before Sky One got involved, there were already plenty of Idiots Abroad. This is the story of one of them…

If you’d like to read an except, there’s on on this website, HERE. Also, you can download a FREE sample from the book’s page on Amazon.

Link to eBook on Amazon     Link to paperback edition


PICTURES from my time in Ecuador can be found (unsurprisingly) in my



I get asked all sorts of questions about the book – most notably, “What happened to Machita?!” So I’m setting up a page which answers some of these questions, as well as gives you a little insight into why (and how) I wrote it.

THIS is where the link will go, when it’s ready – please come back soon and check!

2 thoughts on “That Bear Ate My Pants!

  1. Loved every one of your books, you are so irreverent and I laugh from beginning to end.

  2. Ha ha! Glad you enjoyed them. Irreverent is my game alright! Life’s too short to risk taking it seriously 😉

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