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Coronation Everest

Coronation Everest [Kindle Edition]

Jan Morris
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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A very funny, very exciting book ... Morris' book is to be strongly recommended. -- Spectator

Morris scooped the world and was launched on one of the most remarkable literary careers in the second half of the 20th century. -- Guardian

This exquisite, powerful and profoundly tender book … utterly changed my life. -- Simon Winchester, author of The Surgeon of Crowthorne

With the skill of a first-rate reporter, Morris tells what everything was like. -- New Yorker

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'Exquisite, powerful . . . I can think of no better way of commemorating British exploration's culminating triumph.' Simon Winchester This classic account offers a breathtakingly intimate evocation of the most famous of all mountaineering exploits - and of perhaps the last great old-fashioned Fleet Street scoop. 'It was Morris who broke the news that a British-led expedition had conquered Mount Everest the day before the Queen's coronation in 1953 . . . Allied to physical courage in getting down the mountain and a dogged resourcefulness in getting the news home, Morris scooped the world and was launched on one of the most remarkable literary careers in the second half of the 20th century.' Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 939 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571219446
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction; New edition edition (25 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EPXXG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #168,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN OLDIE...BUT A GOODIE... 8 Mar 2003
This is a wonderfully written book of the events surrounding the historic Everest expedition of 1953 which saw Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay summit Mount Everest. It was written by special correspondent for The London Times, James Morris, who accompanied the expedition and first broke the news to the world of the successful summit. The news fortuitously reached England on the eve of Queen Elizabeth's the II coronation of June 2, 1953, and was the cause for much nationalistic pride. Hence, the name of the book.
The book is reflective of the time in which it was written and evokes a feeling of an era long gone. Therein lies its charm. Nostalgia buffs will love it, as will those readers looking to consume anything about Everest. It will not disappoint, though the book is not about the climb to the summit in the strictest sense. The book chronicles in great detail the author's journey to Everest, as well as his personal experiences and observations while at Everest, waiting to break the story of the end result of the historic climb to the summit. It also chronicles the cloak and dagger methodology which he employed in order maintain exclusivity for The London Times.
It should be noted in the interest of clarity and to avoid confusion, that times do indeed change. The author, James Morris, underwent a gender change subsequent to the original 1958 publication of this book. When the book was released again, however, the publisher did so under the name which the author had since adopted, Jan Morris. James or Jan, the author is a hell of a writer, and the book is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 July 2013
By Sarah L
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Planning on going to Everest. Love this book, the descriptions and writing are amazing.

Would recommend this to anyone for any easy but fascinating read
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting piece of our history 7 Feb 2014
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Jan Morris writing well - kept my interest the whole way through. Didn't know that journalists had to be so intrepid and secretive in those days. Most of our writing group enjoyed it but weren't moved to look out more from Ms Morris. She was still a designated man when she climbed the foothills and slept in a tent on the mountain foothills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story in a bygone age 24 Jan 2014
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A delightful read. It entranced me and I finished it in just a coule of evenings. I recommend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Everest 18 Dec 2013
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As always Jan Morris delivers; wonderful writing, you could almost see and smell Everest!!!! An exciting and satisfying read, very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory history for all under 60 7 Dec 2013
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The climbing of Everest coinciding with the Queen's coronation was a remarkable story in which the book tells of the desperate ways used to channel news before the electronic revolution.
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