Peaks and Bandits
The classic of Norwegian literature
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-048-0128 pages
- Alf Bonnevie Bryn
- Publication date
- 6 May 2021
In 1909, while dreaming of the Himalaya, Norwegian mountaineer Alf Bonnevie Bryn and a fellow young climber, the Australian George Ingle Finch, set their sights on Corsica to build their experience. The events of this memorable trip form the basis of Bryn’s acclaimed book Tinder og banditter – ‘Peaks and Bandits’, with their boisterous exploits delighting Norwegian readers for generations. Newly translated by Bibbi Lee, this classic of Norwegian literature is available for the first time in English.
Although Bryn would go on to become a respected mountaineer and author, and Finch would become regarded as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time – a legend of the 1922 Everest expedition – Peaks and Bandits captures them on the cusp of these achievements: simply two students taking advantage of their Easter holidays, their escapades driven by their passion for climbing. As they find themselves in unexpected and often strange places, Bryn’s sharp and jubilant narrative epitomises travel writing at its best.
Balancing its wit with fascinating insight into life in early twentieth-century Corsica, the infectious enthusiasm of Bryn’s narrative has cemented it as one of Norway’s most treasured adventure books. Peaks and Bandits embodies the timeless joy of adventure.
Alf Bonnevie Bryn (1889–1949) was a Norwegian mountaineer, author and engineer. Throwing himself into his passion for climbing while studying in Switzerland, he not only co-founded the Norsk Tindeklub mountaineering club but made several first ascents in 1910, including the Norwegian peaks of Stetind, Trakta and Klokketind. After graduating, Bryn went on to have successful careers as both an engineer and author, publishing a series of detective novels. His most popular work remains Tinder og Banditter – ‘Peaks and Bandits’, first published in 1943, which recounts his climbing escapades in Corsica with George Ingle Finch in 1909.
- Title: Peaks and Bandits
- Subtitle: The classic of Norwegian literature
- Author: Alf Bonnevie Bryn (Translated by Bibbi Lee)
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-048-0
- Rights: World
- Publication date: 06 May 2021
- Edition: First
- Size: 198 x 129 mm
- Extent: 128 pages
- Cover: Hardback
- Weight: 400g
- Retail price: £15.99
Also coming soon as an ebook.
'While it may not be quite the cup of tea of readers of in depth and technical mountaineering novels, Peaks and Bandits is definitely a must read and serves to remind us that as much as we strive to climb harder and to explore, that deep at the heart of it all remains the desire to have fun. And in the best possible way, this book is 100 pages of hearty fun.' – Pete Edwards, chalkbloc.com