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Rating 4 out of 5

Author: Johnny Dawes
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Publisher: Johnny Dawes
Full of Myself
Full of Myself

Johnny Dawes' long-awaited memoir is uneven but doesn't disappoint. Quirky, funny and at times brilliantly written, it's among the most creative efforts by a British rock climber ever published. Dawes sees rock and movement on rock in ways that simply don't occur to most climbers – and describes them brilliantly.

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Rating 3 out of 5

Author: Trevor Braham
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Publisher: The In Pinn
Himalayan Playground
Himalayan Playground

For readers with a deep interest in the history of Himalayan exploratoin, Trevor Braham's slim but charming memoirs offer encounters and experiences across the Himalaya from an era that has now essentially passed.

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Rating 3 out of 5

Author: Jonathan Green
by: Victor Saunders
Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Publisher: Public Affairs
Murder in the High Himalaya
Murder in the High Himalaya

The murder of 17 year old Kelsang Namtso, a novice nun who was shot dead by Chinese border guards in 2006 close to Cho Oyu base camp, shone a spotlight on China's continuing repression of Tibetans. It also brought into question mountaineering's response to this atrocity. Green's book is an attempt to sort fact from fiction.

 

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Rating 4 out of 5

Author: Andy Kirkpatrick
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Monday, 16 November 2009
Publisher: Hutchinson
Psychovertical
Psychovertical

Winter alpinist and big-wall climber Andy Kirkpatrick sells out theatres with his quick-witted stand-up shows. But his new book, tracing his journey from Hull council estate to the world's steepest mountains, is an altogether darker trip. Winner of the Boardman Tasker prize in 2008.

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Rating 3 out of 5

Author: Nicholas and Elizabeth Clinch
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Sunday, 1 November 2009
Publisher: Sutton
Through A Land Of Extremes: The Littledales Of Central Asia
Through A Land Of Extremes: The Littledales Of Central Asia

St George and Teresa Littledale were two of the greatest British mountain travellers in history and yet almost no one has ever heard of them. A new book by American mountaineer Nicholas Clinch and his wife Elizabeth has revealed for the first time the true scale of their adventures. This is an interview with Nick Clinch about the book.

 

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Rating 3.5 out of 5

Author: Bernadette McDonald
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Publisher: Hutchinson
Tomaz Humar
Tomaz Humar

Tomaz Humar, who died in November 2009, was one of the world's foremost mountaineers in the 1990s, and also one of the most controversial. In Bernadette McDonald's compelling biography, she delves deep into what makes the Slovenian tick.

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Rating 3 out of 5

Author: Simon Thompson
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Sunday, 31 October 2010
Publisher: Cicerone
Unjustifiable Risk?
Unjustifiable Risk?

The first full-length examination of British climbing history for some decades offers a lightning tour of the highs and lows, but relies too much on published sources and does little to cast fresh light on the progress from Alpenstock to Petzl Nomic.

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Rating 3 out of 5

Author: Sir Edmund Hillary
by: Ed Douglas
Date: Wednesday, 1 December 1999
Publisher: Doubleday & Co
View From The Summit
View From The Summit

This was the best of Edmund Hillary's three autobiographical books, showing him to have mellowed as he aged into someone less abrasive and more reflective. He writes movingly about the loss of his first wife and the depression that followed, as well as his last encounters with Tenzing Norgay.

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