Fallen: George Mallory: The Man, The Myth and the 1924 Everest Tragedy (Hardback)
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Fallen: George Mallory: The Man, The Myth and the 1924 Everest Tragedy (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 02/05/2024
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Rigorously researched and based on diaries, letters, memoirs and thousands of contemporary documents, Conefrey's riveting biography of adventurer and mountaineer George Mallory explores all sides of the man who perished on Mount Everest in 1924.

On 6 June, 1924 George Mallory donned an oxygen set and set off for the summit of Everest with his young partner Andrew Irvine. Two days later they were glimpsed through clouds heading upwards, but after that they were never seen again. Whether they died on the way up or on the way down no one knows.

In the years following his disappearance, Mallory was elevated into an all-British hero. Dubbed by his friends the 'Galahad' of Everest, he was lionised in the press as the greatest mountaineer of his generation who had died while taking on the ultimate challenge. Handsome, charismatic, daring, he was a skilled public speaker, an athletic and technically gifted climber, a committed Socialist and a supremely attractive figure to both men and women.

His friends ranged from the gay artists and writers of the Bloomsbury group to the best mountaineers of his era. But that was only one side to him. Mallory was also a risk taker who according to his friend and biographer David Pye, could never get behind the wheel of a car without overtaking the vehicle in front, a climber who pushed himself and those around him to the limits, a chaotic technophobe who was forever losing equipment or mishandling it, the man who led his porters to their deaths in 1922 and his young partner to his uncertain end in 1924.

So who was the real Mallory and what were the forces that made him and ultimately destroyed him? Why did the man who denounced oxygen sets as 'damnable heresy' in 1922 perish on an oxygen-powered summit attempt two years later? And above all, what made him go back to Everest for the third time?

Based on diaries, letters, memoirs and thousands of contemporary documents, Fallen is both a forensic account of Mallory's last expedition to Everest in 1924 and an attempt to get under his skin and separate the man from the myth.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781838959791
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 566 g
Dimensions: 242 x 160 x 30 mm
Edition: Main


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Compelling, thoroughly researched and beautifully written, Mick Conefrey's Fallen is a biography that strives to get to the heart and mind, and not just the achievements, of one of the most famous and obsessive mountaineers in history. - Robert Wainwright, author of THE MAVERICK MOUNTAINEER

Fallen, Mick Conefrey's grippingly forensic examination of the 1924 British Everest expedition - a tragic failure that was so nearly a triumph - helps to explain why the achievements of Mallory and his companions remain asfascinating as the first successful ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 29 years later. - Financial Times

Mallory and Irvine's 1924 attempt on Everest is a foundational mountaineering epic, and Mick Conefrey's Fallen brings the story to life in gripping style. George Mallory-imperfect and all too human, admirable and ambitious-drives the narrative as Conefrey details not only the 1924 expedition, but also its backstory and aftermath. Mallory and the mysteries surrounding his attempt on the world's highest mountain still grip the world's imagination today; Conefrey's deeply-researched and convincingly-told account shows us why. Fallen belongs on the shelf of Himalayan and Everest classics. - Patrick Dean, author of A WINDOW TO HEAVEN: THE DARING FIRST ASCENT OF DENALI: AMERICA'S WILDEST PEAK

Mick Conefrey's Fallen is a marvellously researched and written story about the enigma of George Mallory and the fulfilment of his "Because it's there!" - Peter Hillary

On 8 June 1924 high on Everest and seen going strongly for the summit, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine died in an attempt to conquer the world's highest mountain ... The rigour and the valour is colourfully captured by Mick Conefrey in a book brought out to mark the 100th anniversary. - Daily Express

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