Within the story of the world’s tallest mountain are the individual stories of its conquerors, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Each were men of strength, individuality and stubbornness. Each faced his own demons. Yet they were forever bound over their aim and effort to conquer ‘Everest’, and their united achievement.

Alexandra Stewart and Joe Todd- Stanton construct the story of this Himalayan titan, from the legends told by the nations it straddles, to those determined to conquer it. We chart the courses of various expeditions, arriving at the team assembled by Colonel John Hunt. A shy New Zealand beekeeper and zealous Nepalese sherpa were part of this band. How did they overcome what others before had failed to do?

‘Everest’ is a ‘forever’ book. It is truly readable, scrupulously researched, laden with fascinating detail, observation and considered conclusions. Joe Todd- Stanton’s intricate pictures enhance the quality of Alexandra Stewart’s script. I am proud to include this magnificent title aboard our wagon.

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The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Alexandra Stewart and Joe Todd- Stanton

Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes


Classrooms around the world learn that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were first to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain.  However, what happened before that? It seems like there were no other expeditions? Furthermore, what is the story of this Himalayan colossus in the countries it straddles? Why does Everest hold such significance? Is this only to do with its mammoth size or could it hold secrets about which the world does not know? It seems that there are stories to be told, learned and shared!
Everest is a compelling masterpiece. We learn first of its mountain folklore and existence before the gaze of the world. We learn of early expeditions, the failures and setbacks, routes and nightmarish conditions. Thereafter, the individual histories of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are told and compared from their births to deaths. ‘Everest’ is a mighty book, befitting the status of its subject. To have two story tellers of the capability of Alexandra Stewart and Joe Todd- Stanton results in a book that merits reading, sharing and gifting. We realised the depth of Alexandra Stewart’s research and curiosity with Jumbo: The Most Famous Elephant Who Ever Lived. Meanwhile, Joe Todd- Stanton’s star is certain through the astounding Brownstone Collection, including Kai and the Monkey King.



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