What's new this month? September 2016
- Thursday 1st September 2016
Now that we’re over halfway through the year, we thought we’d fill you in on the books we’re looking forward to releasing over the next few months.
What’s inside? This is a photographic autobiography, documenting over sixty years of climbing the world’s most beautiful and challenging mountains. Few climbers can match Bonington’s climbing achievements. He is one of the most accomplished and respected climbers in the world. In this 2016 revised edition, which features over 500 photographs, we are given a frank perspective into the surreal, majestic and occasionally tragic corners of his incredible mountaineering career.
What we think: whether in the Arctic, the jungle or on an 8,000-metre peak, Bonington’s stunning photography and engaging conversational prose take us through the detail of daily life on expedition, the action of the climbing and the grandeur of the mountains.
Who’ll love it? Chris Bonington Mountaineer is a must for anyone with a passion for exploration, mountains or climbing.
What’s inside? In 1966, after a succession of eventful and successful voyages in the high latitudes of the Arctic, Tilman and his pilot cutter Mischief head south again, this time with the Antarctic Peninsula, Smith Island and the unclimbed Mount Foster in their sights. Mischief goes South is an account of a voyage marred by tragedy and dogged by crew trouble from the start. Tilman gives ample insight into the difficulties associated with his selection of shipmates and his supervision of a crew, as he wryly notes, ‘to have four misfits in a crew of five is too many’.
The second part of this volume contains the author’s account of a gruelling voyage south, an account left unwritten for ten years for lack of time and energy. Originally intended as an expedition to the remote Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, this 1957 voyage evolved into a circumnavigation of Africa, the unplanned consequence of a momentary lapse in attention by an inexperienced helmsman.
What we think: The two voyages described in Mischief goes South covered 43,000 miles over twenty-five months spent at sea and, while neither was deemed successful, published together they give a fine insight into Tilman’s character.
What’s inside? Two Mountains and a River picks up where Mount Everest 1938 left off. In this instalment of adventures, Tilman and two Swiss mountaineers set off for the Gilgit region of the Himalaya with the formidable objective of an attempt on the giant Rakaposhi (25,550 feet). However, this project was not to be fulfilled.
Not one to be dispirited, Tilman and his various accomplices— including pioneering mountaineer and regular partner Eric Shipton— continue to trek and climb in locations across China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other areas of Asia, including the Kukuay Glacier, Muztagh Ata, the source of the Oxus river, and Ishkashim, where the author was arrested on suspicion of being a spy …
What we think: Two Mountains and a River brims with the definitive Tilman qualities detailed observations and ever-present humour—that convey a strong appreciation of the adventures and mishaps he experiences along the way.
Who’ll love these books? Anybody with an appreciation for flawless travel prose, dry wit and a passion to explore the undiscovered world.
A couple for our younger readers …
What's inside? Joe and Becca are two teens on the run. Their families have been persecuted. Their worlds turned upside down as a devastating new weapon goes astray. There is no one they can trust, even the government is intent on betrayal. Operation Dark Heart is about to be unleashed by a twisted terrorist cell, a bioweapon more potent than any that has come before. Only by breaking a code can the secret remedy be found. Only by readying to fight can the final battle be won. No one believes them. No one will listen.
If Joe and Becca can hold it together then the world can breathe again.
If they can’t…
FOUR MILLION PEOPLE COULD BE DEAD WITHIN A WEEK.
What we think: a government conspiracy, a terrorist bioweapon attack and a blockbuster rescue mission, make for blink-and-you’ll-miss it action.
Who’ll love it? If you’re searching for a young adult novel to turn a reluctant reader into an avid booklover, look no further. Recommended for ages eleven to sixteen.
Here Be Witches (Sarah Mussi)
What's inside? Here Be Witches is set in the fabulous Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Steeped in their mythological history, the book follows the adventures of Ellie, a modern teenager raised on the slopes of Mount Snowdon. Ellie sets out to break a witches’ spell that has awoken the legendary dragons of Wales, along with other frightening monsters straight from the pages of the Mabinogion! Ellie will need all the help she can get, including that of the ancient giant of Cader Idris. This funny, thrilling and sometimes scary story will delight readers who love mountains, myth and modern adventure.
Our thoughts: Ellie Morgan has the most complicated love life. Everything would be so much simpler if she liked the loyal, dependable, defend-you-to-the-death George. But that wouldn’t make such an exciting story. This sequel to Here Be Dragons is a fantasy romance immersed in down-to-earth humour that reminds us very much of William Goldman’s A Princess Bride.
Who’ll love it? Mountain/adventure-obsessed teens aged eleven to sixteen.