"Maybe the prime minister should read it" (Stephen Frears Guardian
"I was enthralled by Wade Davis’s Into the Silence,
an account of three failed Everest expeditions leading up to the death of Mallory in 1924, which brilliantly places those feats of endurance in the context of British imperialism and the psychological aftermath of the First World War" (Ben Macintyre The Times
"I was captivated. Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation.
From the pathos of the trenches to the inevitable tragedies high on Everest this is a book deserving of awards. Monumental in its scope and conception it nevertheless remains hypnotically fascinating throughout. A wonderful story tinged with sadness" (Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void)
"Into the Silence
succeeds not only because Davis's research has been prodigious, but because every sentence has been struck with conviction, every image evoked with fierce reverence – for the heartbreaking twilight era, for the magnificent resilience of its survivors, for their mission, for Mallory, for his mountain. An epic worthy of its epic" (Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance and The War That Killed Achilles)
"Into the Silence is a breathtaking triumph.
An astonishing piece of research, it is also intensely moving, evoking the courage, chivalry, and sacrifice that drove Mallory and his companions through the war and to ever greater heights" (William Shawcross, author of The Queen Mother)
WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2012. A monumental work of history, biography and adventure - the First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest