Author(s): Alexandra Stewart
In the late morning of May 29th 1953, the sun was shining brightly on the roof of the world, a gentle breeze was blowing and two men were there to witness it for the first time ever ... Their names were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the roof of the world was Everest.
This is the breathtaking story of how two very different yet equally determined men battled frost-biting temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds and death-defying ridges to climb the world's highest mountain. Join these two unlikely heroes on the most amazing of adventures and discover the impact of hundreds of men and women that helped Hillary and Tenzing achieve their goal. But triumphs can be marred with tragedy as not everyone who climbs Everest survives ...
With a beautiful foreword by the greatest living explorer of our time, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this brilliant book combines fresh and contemporary illustrations by Joe Todd-Stanton with Alexandra Stewart's captivating writing and publishes in time to celebrate the centenary of Edmund Hillary's birth. This unique narrative tells the story of how Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made their mark on the world from birth right up to their final days and the impact they've had on Nepal today.
Everest marks the centenary this year of Sir Edmund Hillary’s birth, and Stewart’s absorbing story of his and Tenzing Norgay’s lives from boyhood to heroes is a fascinating insight into how two determined men from different backgrounds made their mark on the world.
Todd-Stanton’s graphic-style illustrations are outstanding, from the two men’s family trees to the dramatic scenes of the climb through the Khumbu Icefall and up into the Death Zone.
The story is presented in four parts — Hillary’s and Norgay’s early lives, the race by various expeditions to climb Everest, the successful British expedition and life after Everest. Facts and statistics are incorporated into the narrative, which is displayed in chunks, making it easy for young readers to dip into.
The world’s most famous living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, says in the foreword that he was nine years old when Hillary and Norgay reached the top of the world and he decided then that one day he, too, would become a mountaineer.
An inspiring and educational read for age 9+
Alexandra Stewart read Modern History at Oxford University before training to be a journalist. After working as a reporter on a number of newspapers, she crossed the floor to become a press officer for the Metropolitan Police and, later, Central Government. She subsequently worked as a speechwriter. Alex lives in London, UK, with her husband and two children.