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Clouds from Both Sides

The story of the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak

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‘If I could choose a place to die, it would be in the mountains.’

Clouds from Both Sides is the autobiography of Julie Tullis, the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak – Broad Peak – and the first to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain.

A truly remarkable woman, Julie describes her early days in a London disrupted by World War II; her family life, climbing, teaching and living by the sandstone outcrops of High Rocks and Harrison’s Rocks in Tunbridge Wells, Kent; and her experience as a high-level mountaineer and filmmaker. Tullis demonstrates her determination and self-discipline through training to black-belt standard in both judo and aikido, and never allows financial concerns to keep her away from the high mountains – a place where she felt at peace. Filled with vivid accounts of frostbite, avalanches, snow blindness and exhilaration alongside her climbing partner Kurt Diemberger, Clouds from Both Sides takes us to Yosemite, Nanga Parbat, Everest and K2.

First published in 1986 before her death, and with an additional chapter written by Peter Gillman documenting Tullis’s final, fated expedition to K2, this story is as relevant and awe inspiring today as it ever was. Tullis’s achievements are timeless and her attitudes and opinions far ahead of their time. Clouds from Both Sides is a tribute to the memory of an inspirational woman determined to strive for her dreams, an extraordinary account of her adventures and an exhilarating testament to her courage.

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Julie Tullis was, in her lifetime, Britain's highest female mountaineer, having summited K2. She spent her childhood in post-war London and - when not travelling the world to climb - lived with her husband Terry in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, teaching climbing to the disadvantaged and children with special needs on the southern sandstone. Terry and Julie had two children, Christopher and Lindsay. Julie trained to black belt standard in both judo and aikido, and was a high-level mountaineer and filmmaker alongside Kurt Diemberger. Julie died on high on K2 in 1986.  

  • Title: Clouds from Both Sides
  • Subtitle: The story of the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781911342694
  • Rights: Worldwide
  • Publication:  24 August 2017
  • Edition: First
  • Author: Julie Tullis
  • Classification: Climbing and mountaineering (WSZG); Biography: Sport (BGSA); Expeditions (WTLP); Kent (1DBKESK); Nepal (1FKN)
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Extent: 224
  • Cover: Paperpack 
  • Retail price: £9.99

Also available as an ebook:

  • Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
  • ISBN: 9781911342687
  • Publication Date: 24 August 2017
  • Price: £4.99

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