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Everest Speaker Bureau Author Wade Davis Wins Top U.K. Non-Fiction Honour


Wade Davis wins top U.K. non-fiction honour

(For more information on Wade Davis and other Everest Speaker Bureau Mountaineers
http://www.everestspeakersbureau.com/)


Canadian author and explorer Wade Davis has won Britain's top non-fiction literary honour for his account of a doomed ascent of Mount Everest.

Wade Davis spent 12 years researching Into the Silence. (National Geographic)Davis won the 20,000 ($32,000 Cdn) Samuel Johnson Prize at a ceremony in London on Monday for his book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest.

Noted writer Davis is a mountaineer, ethnobotanist and explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society.

In Into the Silence, Davis revisits the tale of British mountaineer George Mallory, who famously declared he wanted to climb Everest the world's highest peak "because it is there." The attempt resulted in his death in 1924, with people still debating nearly a century later whether he ever reached the summit.

A product of more than a decade of research and writing, Davis' book explores Mallory's expedition deeper by delving into its wider context: those early days of mountaineering and the backdrop of the attempt following the First World War and against the backdrop of British imperialism.

[Excerpted from www.cbc.ca - November 13, 2012]

 

 







 

 

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