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What's new this month? March 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

This month we’re bringing you a preview of two soon-to-be-published Vertebrate ebooks – both classic works of adventure literature, which will be made available for generations of readers to enjoy for years to come.

The Everest Years by Chris Bonington

What’s it about? The Everest Years shares the story of Bonington’s relationship with the highest and most sought-after peak on the planet, Everest, and his ultimate fulfilment upon finally summiting in 1985 at age fifty.

Bonington chronicles four expeditions to the Himalaya and Everest, including the 1975 South-West Face expedition on which he was leader and on which Doug Scott and Dougal Haston became the first Britons to summit the mountain. He also recounts expeditions to K2 and The Ogre (Baintha Brakk) in the Karakoram, and Kongur, in China.

What we think: It’s told in classic Bonington style: very funny in places, very sad and emotional in places, and makes for an immersive read that takes you through a spectrum of emotions.

Perfect for … Anyone with a love of high mountains, mountaineering and hardcore climbs. 

 A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir

What’s it about? A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf is the second book in John Muir’s Wilderness-Discovery series, and we have added a foreword from Muir authority Terry Gifford. It is within this work that we are really given strong clues toward Muir’s future trailblazing movement for environmental conservation, in such comments as ‘The universe would be incomplete without man; but it would also be incomplete without the smallest transmicroscopic creature that dwells beyond our conceitful eyes and knowledge.’

What we think: Muir’s books are so well written, he’s bursting with enthusiasm for nature, and his quirks and turn of phrase are hilarious in places. 

Perfect for … Any existing Muir fan, and anyone who is passionate about the countryside, wildlife and botany, and finding out the story of the man behind the concept of the ‘national park’. Timeless.


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