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Climbing Days Hardcover – 16 Jun 2016

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (16 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057131192X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571311927
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Climbing Days is a special book, not quite like anything I have ever read before, and a law unto itself. It's a wayward, funny, warm, wandering, open, inspiring journey back into the lives of two remarkable people, and out into the remarkable landscapes they explored. (ROBERT MACFARLANE, author of Landmarks)

[A]n affectionate portrait... For non-climbers, the attractions of mountaineering might seem inexplicable, but Richards conveys much of the thrill and sense of achievement. The resulting book is an entertaining and absorbing account of past and present relationships forged amid extreme physical endeavour. (Sunday Times)

Climbing Days is the most enormous fun. Richards has something of Jerome K Jerome about him. It's a miracle he lived to tell this tale and Climbing Days is a wonderful achievement. (Katharine Norbury Observer)

Sublime (Alex Preston Observer)

With its roots in the psychogeographical writing about landscape, this fascinating account of the life of the early twentieth-century pioneering mountaineer Dorothy Pilley eschews objectivity in favour of dramatizing the relationship between writer and subject, melding personal reflection and the process of historical investigation. (TLS)

[A] totally engaging and satisfying book on every level - as biography, memoir, travelogue and erudite meditation on the restlessness and indomitableness of the human spirit. (Caught by the River)

[A] rich and illuminating portrait of a remarkable woman. (Roger Cox Scotsman)

Enjoyable, funny and thought-provoking. What more could you want from your mountain literature, or any other book for that matter? (ELSEWHERE: A Journal of Place)

[A] journey of discovery ... [a] fascinating book. (Climber)

Enlighten(s) our knowledge and understanding of an interesting figure in 20th century British climbing. (Footless Crow)

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A thrilling travel book, following in the footsteps of a pioneering mountaineer.

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