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The Moth and the Mountain

A True Story of Love, War and Everest


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?

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Cordee Code: CNT140
No of Pages: 288
ISBN 10: 0241977258
ISBN 13: 9780241977255
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published Date: July 2021
Edition: Paperback: July 2021
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: B & W + Colour Photographs
Weight: 210g

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