Ruth Millington grew up in Sheffield. She is an award-winning writer, passionate adventure world traveller and creator and host of Ruth Millington’s Extreme Holidays Podcast. She is also a qualified solicitor. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in The City of London. Ruth won the Page Turner Awards, Writing Award for non-fiction 2021; was a finalist/runner-up of Mslexia Memoir and Life-Writing Competition 2020, and shortlisted in both the Yeovil Literary Prize, Writing Without Restriction Award 2021 and the Northern Writers Awards, NorthBound Book Award 2019.
In 2003, Ruth was a Christmas visitor to Bam in southeastern Iran. On Boxing Day, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the city. The quake destroyed 90% of the town and eventually led to the tragic deaths of over 26,000 Iranians. Ruth was staying at a local guesthouse which was levelled to the ground by the quake. She awoke to find herself in the rubble. Over the following thirty hours, she - with others - went on to rescue at least seven further survivors with her bare hands. Ruth was honoured for her efforts by multiple governments. She also went on to become a director of a charity to help children orphaned in the disaster.
Over the last 30 years, her solo travels have taken her to more than 100 countries, and she has lived in China, Nepal, Thailand, Australia and San Francisco. Ruth is the recipient of bravery awards from the Royal Humane Society, Vodaphone Life Savers, and a Gold Medal with Red Ribbon from the Austrian government (the highest accolade for bravery and lifesaving). She is also an advocate for women’s rights and opportunities and speaks at schools across the UK about her travel adventures and career choices, in turn challenging gender stereotypes around bravery, heroism and strength.
Ruth has spoken about the Bam earthquake, survival, trauma and mental health on numerous media outlets including the BBC, SKY News and has been the subject of a BBC documentary. She has been featured in Reader’s Digest, Lonely Planet, Saga Magazine, Psychology Today, The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sun and Daily Express, and the book: The Society of Timid Souls or How to Be Brave.