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What's new this month? October 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman was one of the most remarkable explorers of the last century. His climbing and sailing achievements rank among the greatest in history and when he disappeared in the South Atlantic in 1977, he left a legacy of some of the finest travel tales ever written. 

In a two-year collaboration with Lodestar Books that's seen us republish each of Tilman's fifteen travel journals, together with his official first biography, the collection documents his illustrious mountaineering career and his seafaring highlights – from the heights of the Himalaya to high-latitude voyages in traditional Bristol Channel pilot cutters. This month marks the publication of the final two books in the series, which include all-new forewords written by those who either knew Tilman or have a unique insight into his approach to climbing, sailing and navigation. 

Scroll down to read more about the Tilman books and to find out what else we’ve got in the publishing bag this autumn …

High Mountains and Cold Seas

What’s it about? J.R.L. Anderson’s High Mountains and Cold Seas draws on a wealth of personal correspondence between Tilman – a compulsive letter writer – and his immediate family and close friends, crafting the first detailed account of the extraordinary life of this remarkable, but very private individual.

What have readers said about the book? ‘H. W. Tilman – soldier, farmer, prospector, explorer, mountaineer, seafarer and man of letters – was a giant among the adventurers and explorers of the twentieth century. J R L Anderson's biography of this remarkable character is well written, and informative. It provides a wealth of personal background about a man who was noted for his modesty and who kept his personal life very private.’ (Amazon reviewer)




Triumph and Tribulation

What’s it about? The circumnavigation of Spitsbergen is the first of three voyages described in H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman’s fifteenth and final book. The 1974 voyage of the pilot cutter Baroque takes Tilman to his furthest north – the highest latitude of any of his travels in the northern or southern hemisphere. The following year proves to be Tilman’s last voyage in his own boat.

What have readers said about the book? ‘A good yet sad and predictable ending to Tilman's voyages as he became older and less able to achieve his challenging objectives.’ (Goodreads reviewer)

Perfect for: Anyone interested in the high mountain adventures and seafaring life of arguably the greatest explorer of the twentieth century. 



The Bond (paperback)

What’s it about? Likened to Touching the Void, this is an award-winning narrative recounting a friendship between two mountaineers who climbed some of the most dangerous walls in the Alaska Range. The second of which, the south-west face of Denali, proved almost fatal for the author and broke the bond between he and his climbing partner for over three decades until a chance reconnection a lifetime later.

What readers have said: ‘This is a thrilling account of two exceptional climbs and of two extraordinary lives. Written with great modesty and honesty it has a remarkable freshness and urgency despite being written decades after the events. I only wish I could have read this in the early 1980s. It would have been truly inspirational. Read it.’ (Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void)

Perfect for: You don't have to be a climber to enjoy this book. The heart of the story is the human side, the obsession and passion that drives people to risk their lives, the selflessness of others in helping those in need and the lifelong bond that can form between two individuals.



What’s it about? When thirteen-year-old Jack moves to Norway, he's sure there's no truth in the local myths and legends. But then he comes face to face with one: the body of a Norse warrior boy, frozen in the ice, and carrying with him an ancient arrowhead - that contains a terrible curse. If Jack's going to survive, he has to overcome both an ancient wrong and a newly-risen enemy in this thrilling adventure from an award-winning author.

What The Guardian says: ‘No spoilers, but the climax is thrilling and can be summed up in two words – "Viking funeral”.’

Perfect for: Boys and girls aged seven to eleven years.

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