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Pages: 336
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: Illustrations (colour)

Everest 1953

The Epic Story of the First Ascent

Mick Conefrey

Discover one of Britain's greatest triumphs, drawing on never-before-seen diaries and exclusive interviews.

The Book

On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, the first news broke that Everest had finally been conquered. Drawing on first-hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a ground-breaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent. Revealing that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned expedition was actually beset by crisis and controversy, Everest 1953 recounts a bygone age of self-sacrifice and heroism, using letters and personal diaries to reveal the immense stress and heartache the climbers often hid from their fellow team members. Charting how the ascent affected the original team ­in subsequent years and detailing its immense cultural impact today, Everest 1953 is the perfect book to commemorate this remarkable feat of the human will.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations Illustrations (colour)


About the Author

Mick Conefrey is the author of the award-winning Adventurer's Handbook and How to Climb Mont Blanc in a Skirt. An internationally recognised filmmaker, he has produced several BBC documentaries on mountaineering and exploration, including The Race for Everest. He lives in north Oxford with his family. For further details, please visit his website at mickconefrey.co.uk


"A magnificent book that deserves to become the definitive version. We cannot hope for a more human, funny or meticulous account of what was a very British expedition." Independent "Conefrey describes this frenetic scramble for ownership of the mountain brilliantly - a tale of great courage.' Observer "An exciting, moving account - a fascinating piece of documentary writing, as readable and poignant as Into Thin Air or Touching the Void." Spectator

’I really enjoyed Everest 1953… it’s fascinating and the people in it come over as real flesh and blood human beings… very readable… one of those books that might keep you up until three in the morning because you want to know what happens next’ 

- Anne Widdecombe

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