Bag a signed copy
- Friday 7th February 2020
Looking to get out and do more climbing this year? Or perhaps you would rather curl up with an excellent biography or memoir until the winter weather blows over. Either way, we have signed copies of many of our fantastic titles, ready and waiting to tide you through until spring. Scroll down to see the options available.
Mastermind is a mental-training guide by the legendary Jerry Moffatt, drawing on his own experiences and those of the sport’s current elite. Pete Whittaker has drawn on his vast experience to assemble Crack Climbing. This step-by-step guide covering the different techniques needed for crack climbing and when to use them. 1001 Climbing Tips is the ultimate collection of all the necessary little tips you need when climbing, split into groups including Basics, Safety, Ice and Mountain. Illustrated with 350 photographs, 1865: The Golden Age of Mountaineering by Gilles Modica documents the ‘golden age of alpinism’ spanning ascents ranging from the Wetterhorn in 1954 to the Matterhorn in 1865.
Martin Boysen’s Hanging On, shortlisted for the 2014 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, follows his contributions to and experiences in British rock climbing in an insider’s account of British climbing’s golden age. From tackling teenage insecurity to suicidal fanaticism, Virgin on Insanity, the memoir of ‘Britain’s most experienced teenage Alpinist’, breaks new ground on the well-trodden heights of mountain writing. Steve McClure’s autobiography tells the story of a climber and his obsessive exploration of the sport, while trying to find the balance between risk and reward. The Last Blue Mountain is the tragic true story of the 1957 expedition to Pakistan's Mount Haramosh. In No Easy Way, Mick's third volume of climbing memoirs, he recounts a series of expeditions to stunning mountains in China, India, Nepal and Tibet. Alongside partners including Paul Ramsden, Dave Turnbull, Andy Cave and Victor Saunders, he attempts striking, technically challenging unclimbed lines on Shiva, Gave Ding and Mugu Chuli – with a number of ascents winning prestigious Piolets d’Or, the Oscars of the mountaineering world.
Award-Winning and Shortlisted Biographies
In his autobiography, winner of the 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize, Ron Fawcett tells his extraordinary story of his relationship with climbing and how the pressures of publicity almost consumed him. The much-anticipated follow-up to Nick Bullock’s critically acclaimed Echoes, Tides is a gripping memoir that captures the very essence of what it means to dedicate one’s life to climbing. One Day as a Tiger is John Porter’s poignant memoir of his friend Alex MacIntyre, who was killed climbing the south face of Annapurna in the autumn of 1982. Grand Prize Winner at the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Festival, Revelations draws an unforgettable picture of one of mountaineering’s legends. Jerry Moffatt gives a compelling and often hilarious account of the climbing community as he navigates his way through the last thirty years of climbing while recounting his own journey to being one of the sport’s top climbers.
Books by Andy Kirkpatrick
Winner of the 2012 Boardman Tasker Prize, Cold Wars is the sequel to Andy Kirkpatrick’s acclaimed Psychovertical. Written with his trademark wit and honesty, Cold Wars follows Andy’s conflict between family life and the perilous path he has chosen. Andy’s collection Unknown Pleasures covers a diverse range of subjects, including climbing, relationships, fatherhood, mental health and the media as it establishes an alternative perspective of our place in the world.
Titles by Tony Howard
Troll Wall is Tony Howard’s gripping account of one of the most dramatic first ascents in British climbing history. Winner of the Jury’s Special Award at the Norwegian Mountain Literature Prize in 2012, the tale is a fascinating insight into the challenges of climbing a big mountain wall. Tony Howard has travelled far and wide in search of unclimbed rock faces and remote trekking adventures. Quest into the Unknown maps his exploits from the Middle East to Scandinavia, Madagascar to Antarctica.
Narratives about Edward Norton
Reissued for the first time since its initial publication in 1925, The Fight for Everest 1924 is the official record of the third expedition to Everest. Told through a combination of narrative written by E. F. Norton and George Mallory’s letters, the book presents a vivid, gripping picture of life in the Himalaya. There are just thirty copies of this book signed by Christopher Norton, grandson of Edward Norton. Norton of Everest is Hugh Norton’s sensitive and knowledgeable biography of his father’s remarkable life as a mountaineer, naturalist, artist, soldier and family man.
An updated edition of the 1980 publication to reflect the latest developments, The Darkness Beckons features over 400 breath-taking photographs and illustrations and is an inspirational read for anyone with an interest in exploration and adventure. Christine Gregory’s written and photographic celebration of the much-loved, yet threatened, brown hare offers a unique insight into the life, habitat and history of this beautiful British mammal. Published in partnership with the Farming Life Centre and the Peak District National Park Authority, The Land that Made Us asks what makes for sustainability in the short and the long term.
Peter Foster’s biography of the scientist and mountaineer Thomas Graham Brown draws upon diaries, letters and extensive archival research to illuminate the highs and lows of Graham Brown’s scientific and climbing careers, allowing his voice to finally be heard. An autobiography by one of the great characters of the British climbing scene, A Dream of White Horses mixes climbing tales with an intense personal story told through a mixture of essays, poems and narrative which are at times exciting and at others surreal. In My Father, Frank, Tony Smythe tells the story of his father Frank Smythe, the prolific writer and photographer, whose extraordinary story was sadly cut short by his death from an illness in India. On Thin Ice is Mick Fowler’s second set of climbing memoirs, following Vertical Pleasure. Here, the celebrated mountaineer records his expeditions since 1990 where, despite work and family commitments, he maintained a regular series of ‘big trips’ to challenging objectives around the world with a sequence of major successes.