The Moth and the Mountain

The Moth and the Mountain

Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Non-Fiction, Travel, Travel Writing, Exploration & Survival
Paperback Published on: 03/06/2021
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Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2021 Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2021 Winner of the Telegraph Sports Book Awards Best Sports Writing of the Year 2021 The untold story of Britain's most mysterious mountaineering legend - Maurice Wilson - and his heroic attempt to climb Everest. Alone. In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceived his own crazy, beautiful plan: he would fly a Gipsy Moth aeroplane from England to Everest, crash land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summit - all utterly alone. Wilson didn't know how to climb. He barely knew how to fly. But he had pluck, daring and a vision - he wanted to be the first man to stand on top of the world. Maurice Wilson is a man written out of the history books - dismissed as an eccentric and a charlatan by many, but held in the highest regard by world class mountaineers such as Reinhold Messner. The Moth and the Mountain restores him to his rightful place in the annals of Everest and in doing so attempts to answer that perennial question - why do we climb mountains?

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241977255
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 202g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Moth and the Mountain
A wonderful,addictive read
I finally got round to reading this gem of a book having bought it a couple of years. Whilst the reader could be confused that that they’re reading a ‘boy’... READ MORE
Damien Cook