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No Picnic on Mount Kenya (Hardback)
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No Picnic on Mount Kenya (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 12/11/2015
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In the shadow of Mount Kenya, surrounded by the forests and creatures of the savannah, life drags interminably for the inmates of P.O.W. Camp 354. Confined to an endless cycle of boredom and frustration, it is little wonder when one prisoner realises he can bear it no longer.

When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea - an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea.

There are not many people who would break out of a P.O.W. camp, trek for days across perilous terrain before climbing the north face of Mount Kenya with improvised equipment, meagre rations, and with a picture of the mountain on a tin of beef among their more accurate guides. There are probably fewer still who would break back in to the camp on their return.

This is the remarkable story of three such men. No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a powerful testament to the human spirit of revolt and adventure in even the darkest of places.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857053763
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 220 x 146 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Felice Benuzzi's tale is a real joy. An extraordinary adventure written with a light, deft, humorous touch that makes it irresistibly readable. And it certainly shows that the British don't have a monopoly of eccentricity. -- Michael Palin
Benuzzi's sketches and his glorious writing and humour make this an incomparable tribute to camaraderie and daring. -- Jane Manaster * San Francisco Book Review *
Mr. Benuzzi's paradoxical mixture of pride and self-mocking humility is attractive: his courage is amazing; his story, dramatic * New York Times *
A most extraordinary prisoner-of-war and escape story * New Yorker *
More electrifying than anything a person with a nose for real adventure could hope to read -- Piero Melati * Repubblica *
A mad venture and a gallant tribute to man's deep yearning for freedom * Kirkus Reviews *
The history of mountaineering can hardly present a parallel to this mad but thrilling escapade * Saturday Review *
A hymn to mountaineering and adventure -- Marco Valle * Il Secolo *
A first-rate humanistic account that should quite simply be considered a classic of Italian literature -- Pietro Spirito * Il Piccolo *

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“An unbelievable truth”

I love a good true story and bought this as it looked like a good tale. How wrong. It is a fabulous story. A brief glimpse of a mountain sparks a desire in a prisoner of war to climb it. Mount Kenya, so close to the... More

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