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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007455747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007455744
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wrote "Last Hours on Everest" because I finally figured out what happened to Mallory and Irvine when they disappeared during the 1924 Everest expedition.

I climbed the mountain in 1993 (becoming the 15th Briton to climb Everest). There are lots of good books on the topic, but very few by Everest summiteers who can draw on personal experience of the mountain. I've returned there nine times trying to discover exactly what happened up there. On the way, my 1999 expedition found George Mallory's body.

The combination of a long-kept family secret, high-altitude archaeology and cutting-edge science led me to the truth.

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‘You have never read a book like Last Hours on Everest … Graham Hoyland has created a towering work full of twists and turns, like the backdrop’ Independent

About the Author

Climber, author and film director Graham Hoyland was the 15th Briton to climb Everest and during one of his nine expeditions to the mountain was responsible for the discovery of George Mallory’s body. He writes for the Independent newspaper and worked as a BBC director on programmes such as Dragons’ Den, the Today programme and Around the World in 80 Faiths.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Ogden on 30 Nov 2013
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Very detailed in the history of Everest but not as gripping as many other books that I have read. It needs to be re-read to take in all the historical facts concerning the many climbing expeditions since 1922/ 24. A tremendous amount of research has gone into this book and for that the author is to be congratulated.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lomond Luddite on 25 May 2013
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This really is the best, and probably the ultimate, analysis of whether or not Mallory and Irvine reached the summit of Everest in 1924. Graham Hoyland has been high on Everest many times, including its summit, both as a climber and as a film cameraman; he understands the mountain, then and now, like few others. The work is painstakingly researched, highly detailed and immensely readable, interspersed with lively personal anecdote and a wealth of experience. It's an exciting read, difficult to put down, and a MUST for anyone with an interest in the history of the world's highest mountain. This book should leap onto every mountaineer's bookshelf. Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine's fatal ascent
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Anyone who is interested in the Mallory and Irvine mystery should read this book. It's interesting and often well-written, interweaving Hoyland's personal quest and family history into what is, overall, a pretty compelling narrative. I found the almost inevitable points scoring, grudge settling and obvious infighting amongst Everest historians and researchers to be tedious and I was going to give the book just three stars for that reason, but his highly realistic conclusions on what likely happened to Mallory and Irvine brought it up to four stars.

As a read, good but not great. As a proposition about what happened on the mountain that day, impressive and honest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Scott-Fawcett on 1 Feb 2014
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This is the best book (of many) I have read on this subject. Recommended by my friend Stephen Venables I consumed it whilst I shivered at Gokyo (High Himalaya, Nepal) in November (2013) - a copy now passing through the Khumbu community as I write this! I will buy fresh copy once I am back in UK. The book offers a very logical and believable conclusion, given all the information we have on the climb. I was especially interested in the WW1 angle - something I had never considered. The notion that Mallory had, in effect, a 'do or die' mentality is very convincing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve B on 3 Jan 2014
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Compelling, fascinating, well written book telling the full story of Mallory and Irvine. So many things I did not know and the conclusion was such a surprise. I live in hope someone will find the camera. There is all the time in the world and people will go on searching, and one day someone will find it I am sure. Great read!!Straight Up: Himalayan Tales of the Unexpected
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justin Hill on 7 July 2014
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A great read for all mountaineers with an interest in the history of this addictive and obsessive pastime.
When men were men. That's all I can say. Makes me feel very timid, comparing my exploits in the mountains to those of men like Mallory. Therefore, inspirational reading too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. TICKLE on 24 Aug 2013
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Well, as near as dammit - at least for me. A mix of unflinching reflection, unfinished family business (Hoyland is Howard Somerwell's nephew), this is a great mix of Everest history and considered analysis, seen through the lens of someone who has spent 20+ yeaars expeditioning including many trips to Everest. Highly recommended!
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A bit of a curate's eg - good in parts. Very good first third about the history of rock climbing and especially the early attempts on Everest. The mid section which is more autobiographical is weak leaving too many unanswered questions about the author's personal life and motivations. Regains momentum for the final third, an analysis of the probable events of Mallory's final climb, but nevertheless worth reading if you are interested in this period of discovery and the expeditions in the early 20th century.
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