Above All Things

Above All Things

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By (author) Tanis Rideout

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  • Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
  • Format: Hardback | 385 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 229mm x 38mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0399160582
  • ISBN 13: 9780399160585
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,551,942

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""Tell me the story of Everest," she said, a fervent smile sweeping across her face, creasing the corners of her eyes. "Tell me about this mountain that's stealing you away from me." "In 1924 George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George's young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire's faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.

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Tanis Rideout's work has appeared in numerous publications and has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Awards. Born in Belgium, she grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. "Above All Things" is her first novel.

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"This vivid, assured, and confident debut novel scales great heights of obsession and desire, both on the face of Mount Everest and in the loving bond between doomed explorer George Mallory and his wife, Ruth.... Rideout offers a gripping account of the expedition. The author's accomplished depiction of the harsh and beautiful Himalayan heights ... pushes the reader forward in a gripping adventure narrative, while Ruth's own longings and fears offer a counterpoint of a more settled but no less intensely sensual interior landscape." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review