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North Face

A deadly earthquake in the Himalaya. A climber trapped high on Everest. An epic rescue attempt is about to begin.

Paperback (288pp)
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The Everest Files story continues in North Face … 

Ryan Hart is an 18-year-old adventurer on a mission. To get himself to Mount Everest and check out the truth about the world’s highest peak. Friends have told him dark stories about the mountain, outrageous things that he wants to see for himself.

Just a few hours after Ryan arrives at Everest Base Camp a lethal earthquake strikes. Avalanches pound the glacier, burying Ryan’s climbing buddy and killing many others. A desperate rescue saves Ryan’s friend, but only after a local Tibetan girl –Tashi – helps with the search.

Stress levels are running high among the climbing teams. The mountain is shut for the season because it is judged too dangerous.

Then a flashlight reveals a clue. Someone is alive, high on Everest’s treacherous north face!

Tashi is convinced it is her 15-year-old brother. 

Ryan is prepared to risk everything to help. 

Storm clouds gather as they set out on their illegal climb, a do-or-die mission which the local militia will do anything to stop.

Film clips from Matt's latest expedition to Mount Everest are now available on Youtube.

Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure. During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners. His most notable film success was Summit Fever in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous north face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and has become a bestseller in many different countries. Matt is currently Patron of Reading at Lady Manners School in Bakewell and continues to climb and explore. In January 2013 he summitted Mount Aconcagua, which at 6,965 metres is the highest peak in the world outside the Himalaya. Currently, he is planning an ascent of Denali in Alaska, one of the ‘Seven Summits’. Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt followed this up with the first of three The Everest Files books, which has proven to be very popular. North Face is the hotly anticipated second title in the trilogy. When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers. 

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  • Title: North Face
  • Sub-title: A deadly earthquake in the Himalaya. A climber trapped high on Everest. An epic rescue attempt is about to begin.
  • Series title: The Everest Files
  • Author: Matt Dickinson
  • Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-910240-46-5
  • Rights: UK and Commonwealth (English language)
  • Publication date: 10 March 2016
  • Edition: First
  • Size: 198mm x 129mm
  • Extent: 288 pages, black and white
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Retail price: £6.99
  • Classification: YFC (Adventure Stories (Children's/Teenage)); FJ (Fiction, Adventure); WSZG (Climbing and mountaineering); IFKAH (Himalayas)

Also available as an ebook:

  • Imprint: Vertebrate Digital
  • ISBN: 978-1-910240-47-2
  • Publication date: 10 March 2016
  • Price: £6.99
'I am sure this will be popular with boys and girls as there are such strong characters, truly excellent.' 
Books 4 Keeps
'Highly recommended and I'm sure you'll have a hard time putting the book down. I'm very much looking forward to part three!'
Bob A. Schelfhout Aubertijn
'The story is both fascinating and heartbreaking. The book is a straightforward read, both informative and exciting. It provides a window into the amazing world of climbing, Mount Everest and Tibet.'
Chiara Saunders, Books, Teens and Magazines
'Matt Dickinson is a talented writer, who brings to life the harsh environment of the world’s tallest mountain in a manner that is breathtakingly real. Reading North Face, I could almost feel the grinding cold tearing at my extremities, imagine the struggle to breathe the thin air thousands of feet above sea level, and see the figures of other climbers appearing like ghosts through freezing fog.'
Safie Maken Finlay
'North Face makes for such an exciting read. There are heart stopping moments from start to finish, as well as plenty of touching scenes between the characters. There really is a little bit of everything to enjoy, and I love how these books manage to stand out from the other YA series’ out there. I’m very excited to see where Ryan’s journey will take him next!'
Katie Brown, Queen of Teen Fiction

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