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    DescriptionOne of M. John Harrison's most acclaimed novels in a career of near universal acclaim, CLIMBERS is, perhaps, the least fantastical of his novels. Yet it carries life-changing moments, descriptions of landscape bordering on the hallucinogenic and flights of pure fictive power that leave any notion of the divide between realistic and unrealistic fiction far behind. First published in 1989, CLIMBERS has remained a strong favourite with fans and reviewers alike. A young man seeks to get a grip on his life by taking up rock-climbing. He hopes that by engaging with the hard realities of the rock and the fall he can grasp what is important about life. But as he is drawn into the obsessive world of climbing he learns that taking things to the edge comes with its own price. Retreating from his failed marriage to Pauline, Mike leaves London for the Yorkshire moors, where he meets Normal and his entourage, busy pursuing their own dreams of escape. Travelling from crag to crag throughout the country, they are searching for the unattainable: the perfect climb. Through rock-climbing, Mike discovers an intensity of experience - a wash of pain, fear and excitement - that obliterates the rest of his world. Increasingly addicted to the adrenaline, folklore and camaraderie of the sport, he finds, for a time, a genuine escape. But it is gained at a price...This dark, witty and poetic novel is full of the rugged beauty of nature, of the human drive to test oneself against extremes, and of the elation such escape can bring.


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    Title
    Climbers
    Subtitle
    A Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M. John Harrison, Introduction by Robert Macfarlane
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 246 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780575092174
    ISBN 10: 0575092173
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.92
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Gollancz
    Publication date
    09 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    M. John Harrison was born in the Peak District and now lives in Shropshire. He is a winner of the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD.