Everest – The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible

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Everest - The First Ascent: The untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible

On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit of Mount Everest. The achievement brought fame and honours to many of those involved – but not to the man who made it possible, doctor and physiologist Griffith Pugh.

This new book by his daughter Harriet Tuckey sets the record straight, and incidentally provides the most interesting of the recent crop of Everest books.

Everest: The First Ascent won the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature and the 2013 Banff Mountain Book Competition Award for Mountain and Wilderness literature.

Himalaya

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Himalaya by Michael Palin

The most popular recent book about the Himalaya. If you like to get your travelogue from a python, this is the one for you. Himalaya is an account of Michael Palin’s 6-month journey through the Himalaya while filming a BBC TV series.

Everest: Summit of Achievement

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Everest, summit of achievement

To mark the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest, the Royal Geographical Society has brought out a new edition of its “official” biography of the mountain, written by British mountaineer Stephen Venables. The first edition of the book was published on the 50th anniversary of the ascent The RGS says it is “the first book on the subject to benefit from complete access to our Collections”.