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Behind Everest

Ruth Mallory's Story


Behind Everest embarks on a captivating exploration that intertwines the remarkable life of Ruth Mallory, wife of legendary Everest climber George Mallory, with a parallel journey acentury later. Through examining Ruth's attitude to danger a century ago, Kate Nicholsonexplores our evolving attitudes towards risk and responsibility.

Kate's quest to understand Ruth takes her to forgotten corners of archives in the UK andUSA, to conversations with the few remaining people who knew both George and Ruth andinto private recollections and precious, private collections. Using two decades of research,the author unveils the real story behind Ruth and George Mallory's marriage, shedding lighton George's relationships with women such as Jelly d'Aranyi, Mary Ann O'Malley, and Stella Cobden-Sanderson. Stella, like Ruth, hailed from Arts and Crafts 'royalty,' both women weredaughters of strong feminists but only Ruth chose to climb.

Ruth was a natural and accomplished climber, a founder member of the first all femalerock climbing club in the UK, the Pinnacle Club. As Kate experiences the challenges andtriumphs of rock climbing with that still thriving club, she discovers not only the elusive 'key' to George Mallory but also an inspiring and resilient companion in Ruth.

This book goes beyond expeditions to Everest, offering readers a profound glimpse intothe 'real' story of the Mallorys. Through Ruth's lens, the book explores the complexities ofmarriage, the indomitable spirit of early female climbers, and the enduring impact of theFirst World War, the League of Nations and the Empire on individual lives. This is a non-fiction masterpiece that intertwines personal and historical narratives, inviting readers toscale the heights of human experience.

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Cordee Code: CNB043
Page Size: 156 x 256 mm
ISBN 10: 1036115437
ISBN 13: 9781036115432
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Published Date: May 2024
Edition: 1st: April 2024
Binding: Hardback
Illustrations: B & W + Col Photographs
Weight: 520g

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