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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754091120
  • 9780754091127

Review Text

Big mountains are awe-inspiring and humbling, but there are those whose lives are incomplete until they have conquered the biggest of all: Everest. They frequently develop a kind of mountain-sickness: an obsession not just with the highest mountains, but the dangerous, uncomfortable, testing life which the distant summits demand. Relationships, marriages, children, careers, all fall victim to this monomania. Al Hood's wife and daughter have already been sacrificed. Now he's running a commercial undertaking, leading an assortment of rich men who, having conquered their own particular worlds, are hungry to add the greatest physical adventure of all to their achievements. Finch Buchanan, the expedition doctor, has unfinished business with one of the team, and a burgeoning relationship with another. Altogether 'a combustible mix of separate ambitions and egos' face conditions to tax the hardiest, most experienced and well-balanced earthlings. Literally at any moment something could go wrong... This tale of high adventure and strong passions is a complete shift in direction for Rosie Thomas: a tale of risk and hazard with tensions and challenges on every page; breathtaking descriptions of the Himalayan landscape; the physical and psychological demands of the mountain; the weather; discomfort almost beyond belief. An outstanding novel, which could only have been written by someone who has been there, done that, felt the elation, the agony and the fear. (Kirkus UK)show more

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483 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 28% (136)
4 41% (196)
3 23% (110)
2 6% (30)
1 2% (11)
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