What's new this month? May 2017
- Monday 1st May 2017
Author/adventurer Matt Dickinson no sooner put the finishing touches to the final book in The Everest Files series than he was jetting off to the mountain itself! He has joined a British military (Gurkha) expedition and will be blogging to schools over the coming weeks (visit www.shrinebell.com to read Matt’s blogs). One of his missions during his time on Everest is to take video backdrops for the school play he has written about Everest titled Everest Calling. The third and final book in The Everest Files series – Killer Storm – will be published in August and Matt will be launching it at the Edinburgh Book Festival at the same time as the new play, which will premier at the Edinburgh Fringe. Read on to find out more about Killer Storm and to see what else we’ve got coming up over the next few weeks.
What’s it about? Teenage climber Ryan Hart is still in Nepal, working at a refugee centre and holding on to his dream to summit Mount Everest. The courageous young Sherpa Kami comes back into Ryan’s life. Groundbreaking stem cell treatment in the United States has cured his paralysis, and Kami can walk again. What better way to celebrate than with a trek to Everest Base Camp?
The friends set out, but the government of Nepal is no longer in control. Warlords march in and a terrorist attack sees Kami and the others held hostage at Base Camp. The friends escape to Everest, climbing ever higher as the terror leader sets out in pursuit.
Storm clouds gather. The scene is set for the ultimate Everest adventure.
What we think: An epic ending to The Everest Files trilogy, in which long-term friends Ryan and Kami join forces against all odds to overcome adversity and strive for the ultimate adventure.
Perfect for: Boys and girls aged nine to fourteen and any fans of The Everest Files series.
What’s it about? Day Walks in the Cotswolds features 20 circular routes, between 7.1 and 12.6 miles (11.5km and 20.2km). Split across three areas – North-East Cotswolds, North-West Cotswolds and South Cotswolds – local author Judy Mills shares her favourite walks in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, distance and navigation information, and refreshment stops and local information.
What we think: Day Walks in the Cotswolds includes all the features you’d expect from a Vertebrate guidebook – stunning photography, easy-to-follow directions and historical landmarks for which the Cotswolds are famous.
Perfect for … Hillwalkers of all abilities.
High Mountains and Cold Seas
What’s it about? A biography of Britain’s incomparable soldier, climber, sailor and explorer by his friend J.R.L. Anderson, who draws upon Tilman’s many personal letters to shed light on this most unrevealing of men.
What we think: Well written and informative, the book provides a wealth of personal insights about a man who was noted for his modesty and who kept his personal life very private.
Perfect for … Anyone interested in finding out more about the man deemed one of the greatest explorers of the twentieth century.
Triumph and Tribulation
What’s it about? Tilman circumnavigates Spitsbergen, and reaches West Greenland and East Greenland in successive voyages.
What we think: This is timeless adventure-travel writing with excellent dry wit throughout.
Perfect for … Those with an interest in Tilman, historical travel writing, Arctic exploration and sailing.