BBC Books (1999) (published in over six languages)
On 8 June 1924, the British climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine left their tent high on the slopes of Mount Everest and climbed into history. They were seen at 12.50 pm just a few hundred metres below the summit and still ‘going strong for the top’. Within minutes, the two climbers had disappeared in a snowstorm and were never seen alive again.
What happened to these two pioneers is the most famous mystery in the history of mountaineering. For 75 years, there has been a fierce debate over whether they were the first to reach the summit, 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. In March 1999, an expedition primarily sponsored by the BBC climbed to the North Face of Everest. Their discovery of Mallory’s body became front-page news around the world. This book fully explores the events leading up to Mallory and Irvine’s historic attempt to reach the summit of the highest mountain in the world, and gives a dramatic first-hand account of the 1999 search expedition.
Lost on Everest: the Search for Mallory and Irvine.
"… a thrilling detective story … a moving testament to the mountain and its community of climbers."
The Independent on Sunday
"…Peter Firstbrook's compelling account … has constructed a moving and searching study of the two "missing climbers" … a truly epic saga."
Steve Snelling, The Eastern Daily Press
"... a fascinating, well-told history of the original Mallory expeditions."
Susan Reed, The New York Times Book Review
"… a marvellous blend of adventure, history, geopolitics and biography … [Firstbrook] is also a natural storyteller … a very moving tale of aspiration, courage, determination and desire to leave one's mark."
"… a gripping account …"
Roland Butler, Global Adventure
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