It's a shame that this book didn't get the blaze of publicity that other mountaineering publications received, as it really is a little gem and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to read a first hand account of George Mallory's legendary attempts to scale the worlds highest peak, Mount Everest.
Peter Gillman the author of The Wildest Dream: Mallory - His Life and Conflicting Passions
has realised a lifelong ambition, to bring together and publish the works of George Leigh Mallory. Not an epic tome by any stretch of the imagination as Mallory has only six published articles written for two of the more eminent climbing publications of the day. However if you seek an insight into the man who became part of the biggest mountaineering mystery ever known then you will not be disappointed, for his dedication and tenacity abounds from each page and will keep you in a sometimes icy grip, a grip you won't want relinquished. This book will demand your attention!
Suffice to say that Mount Everest dominates this book, however the attempt on Mont Maudit 1916 and Mont Blanc 1921 provide a captivating interlude. The descriptive ability of Mallory will take your breath away and even those with the dourest of imaginations will almost feel the Himalayan wind buffeting them as they read. I was most interested in the detailed accounts of the reconnaissance of Everest and the logistical nightmares of the day, the coping with altitude sickness while dealing with sometimes wayward porters was an eye opener. What he wouldn't have given for a helicopter or even a jeep!!
If you have any interest in the often quoted but seldom understood George Leigh Mallory then this book is an absolute must have. So wrap up warm, grab a brew and enjoy.