Lost on Everest

Lost on Everest : The Search for Mallory and Irvine

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 160.53 x 239.27 x 29.72mm | 566.99g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0753154811
  • 9780753154816

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It is said that Everest guards its secrets well. The main part of this page-turning, true-adventure thriller brings the reader along to unravel secrets of the story surrounding the 1924 attempt on Mount Everest by British mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. We meet the two men and their families, learn about all the preparations over several years (including a reconnaissance trip and first summit attempt), gain insight into early British high-altitude climbing, and then follow, through recently recovered evidence and known historical records, the ill-fated second attempt on the peak. That alone would be enough to make a great story. But this book goes further in tracing the tantalizing tales of those who, in the intervening 75 years, have walked in or near the footsteps of Mallory and Irvine and may have seen 'an Englishman's body'. A final section of the book brings the story dramatically up to date with the 1999 search expedition which found the body and various fascinating artifacts of George Mallory detailing the final hours. This new evidence, coupled with historical records, poses even more mysteries including the tantalizing possibility that Mallory and Irvine may have been the first to stand on the summit, some 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. BBC producer Peter Firstbrook, who produced the BBC film Lost on Everest, was ideally equipped to write this book. It stands very well on its own, apart from the documentary, and makes a worthy contribution to the climbing literature on Everest. Two six-page inserts of black and white photographs provide fascinating glimpses of Mallory and Irvine before their final expedition, plus photos of the artifacts and notes recovered from Mallory's body. The book also comes with a useful glossary, biographical appendix, detailed notes and sources, bibliography and index, all of which help fill in the picture and document this most absorbing story. (Kirkus UK)show more

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