Yeti: An Abominable History (Paperback)Graham Hoyland (author)
What leads us to believe in monsters? What happens when we meet the brutal creatures of our nightmares?
Tales of the yeti, the 'Abominable Snowman' of the Himalayas, have been recorded for centuries. This huge, ape-like, hairy creature has tantalised explorers, mountaineers and locals with curious footprints and elusive appearances. But until recently, no one has been able to identify what this mythical creature might be, or even determine if it is real.
On an expedition to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Graham Hoyland found and filmed footprints of the mythical yeti in a part of the country that has never before been visited by Western explorers. In a lost valley near the unclimbed mountain Gangkar Punsum, Hoyland believes he was stalked by the mysterious yeti, a beast so unspeakably powerful that locals say it can kill a yak with one savage blow of its fist.
As he delves into the fascinating history of this ancient legend, Hoyland hears tales of the yeti from Sherpas who have tried and failed to track it. He explores the literary hinterland behind the legend and searches for the yeti's American cousin Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and her African relative Mokele-Mbembe. From the dubious, mystical pseudo-science of the Nazis in the 1930s to our current era of 'post-truth' and 'fake news', Hoyland examines the age-old cultural phenomena that have shaped our collective consciousness and fuelled a belief in the existence of these monstrous creatures.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'Illuminating and entertaining' The Times
'A thorough and highly enjoyable round-up of current "cryptid credibility" written by someone with much Himalayan experience' Literary Review
Praise for Graham Hoyland:
'This richly enjoyable book will entertain you on one page, enrage you on the next and make you get your walking boots on the third. I think it's the most effective advertisement for the countryside I've ever encountered.' Daily Mail
'A towering work full of twists and turns' Independent
'Great book, great vision' Brian Blessed
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“Surprising & endlessly intriguing”
This was a wonderfully surprising book, in so many ways. I was just expecting a fun jaunt through mountaineering history with a focus on the Yeti (which I still got in spades - emphasis on the 'fun' part... More
“Yetis: abominable facts and fictions”
This is a marvellous book, full of histories and anecdotes about one of the world's most enduring mysteries. Does the Yeti exist? Is it really that abominable? and can it really kill people? Hoyland looks at all... More
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