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Paths of Glory [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Jeffrey Archer
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Book Description

17 Sep 2009

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.

Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

Paths of Glory is the story of such a man. But not until you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.

'Archer at the peak of his imaginative powers' The Times

'Paths of Glory will lead Archer to fans he has never before conquered' The Independent

'The plain storytelling is unimprovable. Few literary writers could do his job better' Sunday Times


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511667
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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Praise for Jeffrey Archer: "A dynamite commercial novel ... Archer brings it off with panache."---"The Washington Post" on "A Prisoner of Birth" "Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.... The author's firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment."---"Publishers Weekly" on "A Prisoner of Birth" "Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable."---"Library Journal" on "A Prisoner of Birth" "A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code."---Liz Smith, "New York Post," on "False Impression" "One of the top ten storytellers in the world."---"Los Angeles Times"

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This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him. Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Eddison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he’d achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition? Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man. But not until you’ve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Masterly Storytelling 5 Oct 2009
By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This gripping book based on the life of the Alpine and Everest climber George Mallory is an excellent read. We are reminded in the first chapter of the tragic outcome of the June 1924 attempt to scale Everest, however, Archer is still able to build and hold the tension right up to the final dénouement. The life of Mallory is told in a masterly fashion, with pace, a lucid style and very good characterisation. The dialogue is well handled and the descriptions of the Everest Committee meetings at the Royal Geographical Society capture the tensions between the competing interest groups superbly well. As far as I can tell from reading a biography of Mallory (The Wildest Dream by Peter & Leni Gillman) the book stays largely with the known facts, although one or two side-tracks in Mallory's life are ignored, possibly to maintain the magnificent pace and focus on the main story. A short section at the end of the book provides thumbnail sketches of the later careers of the real-life characters who appear in the story. I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent book which, in the old phrase, once picked-up, readers will find hard to put down.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great biographical story 11 April 2009
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Having greatly enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's A Prisoner of Birth I had no hesitation over getting this book. I wasn't disappointed. Paths of Glory is very different from the former, except in-so far as it is a book about one man's quest, in this case, George Mallory's goal of climbing the highest mountain in the World. The book could have been a dry catalogue of achievements and set-backs, but Archer is a consummate story-teller and here he has woven fact with fiction and created an epic tale of one man's obsession.
It's a testament to Archer's skill that I was engrossed by the story, considering that I cannot fathom the enjoyment of rock-climbing.
I had a vague knowledge about Mallory, and his attempt on Everest, and that there was a question-mark over whether he actually made it to the top. Archer has illuminated Mallory's character through his loving letters to his wife and his principles and actions through his contacts with other climbers and various committees on which he served. It's a gripping "What If?" book of what might have happened.
The book is also a toe-curling reminder of the snobbery, chauvinism and favouritism exhibited by the upper classes in England well into the 20th century.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a Great Author 21 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Jeffrey Archer's books except "First Among Equals", which I could not get into. But it is based on politics and that is just not my cup of tea. I have enjoyed all of Jeffrey Archers books, and this one "Paths of Glory" is my favorite. What a great story teller Archer is and on this book he could not have done better. It will keep you turning pages and wondering what is coming at you next. You find yourself wrapped up in George Mallory's quest to be the first to the top of Mt.Everest and what it took to make it happen. We all can only hope that Jeffrey Archer continues to write books as good as this one, for all of us readers to journey into his world and enjoy his stories. I understand that he won a French award for this book, and it is well deserved. I only hope that I can read more from this great author.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paths Of Glory 16 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of Jeffrey Archers novels including his Prison Diaries. I have always rated his work extremely highly. This latest work "Paths of Glory" is in my opinion his best work yet. He captures your mind and imagination from the very first page. Whilst the reader is told in advance that this is a novel and not a complete work of fact, it is clear from the very first page that Archer has reserched his work well, putting the reader in a position of not knowing where the fact ends and the fiction begins.
In my opinion he has got it just right, he has not written an adventure story for young boys but a very interesting and absorbing story based on the true life of a more than interesting Explorer/Adventurer.
Did Mallory or did he not reach the top of Everest? It is a question that has been asked by many for many years, but having read Archers work which again I add is based on fact, I truly believe that he did.
An absorbing read which must not be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paths of Glory 30 Aug 2010
By Jaybird
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this as a local Library book, and found it so thought-provoking that I bought the hard-cover version for a friend. From about 2/3rds into the book onwards, you really can't put it down. I can honestly say it is the best book I have ever read, and being an avid reader all my life, that says a lot! Read and enjoy, and decide for yourself who REALLY conquered Everest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & compelling 19 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Being an Archer fan, I have read all of his previous books. I wasn't sure about reading this one though, as the mountain climbing aspect along with the idea of it being based on historical fact made me think it might be a little tedious and not my cup of tea. How wrong I was! I picked the book up and read the prologue and was compelled to read more. It's informative, historical, compelling and moving all at the same time. One knows the outcome of the main character from the prologue but the book leads the reader on a journey by the end of which you feel you know the characters personally. It provides food for thought and leaves you to draw your own conclusions regarding an historical event. Written in good old Archer style, I definitely recommend you give this one a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really informative...
Usual good storytelling of an important set of events. Some of the habitual stereotypes once again make a, yawn, appearance but I was interested in his depiction of how things... Read more
Published 7 days ago by heddy jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 7 days ago by Slow worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read, hard to put down
Published 9 days ago by Constance
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing what some people put themselves through
Very enjoyable book, amazing what some people put themselves through.
Published 12 days ago by David Albert Duffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Everest
One of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend this book, I could not put it down once I started reading it.
Published 16 days ago by E j f
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting biopic
Not like any normal Archer, except in his command of storyline. Brought together with the most interesting epilogue of the Mallory Family
Published 24 days ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thank you
Published 25 days ago by Maria Del Mar Cranham
5.0 out of 5 stars Scaling Everest
Excellent. Very readable book based on life of George Mallory who may have been the first to scale Everest.
One of Archer's best!
Published 26 days ago by CORGI
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Published 1 month ago by R. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can thoroughly recommend it.
As usual, this Jeffrey Archer book is a page turner. Can thoroughly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by JMJ
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