It’s raining in Seattle and it’s threatening to rain all weekend. I’m not bothered because I have lots to read!
I recently read Tanis Rideout’s wonderful book, Above All Things, which tells the parallel stories of George Mallory’s final attempt to summit Mt. Everest and his wife Ruth’s life in Cambridge waiting for the outcome of the expedition. It’s a gripping and moving read. The characters are mesmerizing and the writing is excellent. Don’t miss it … you will love it as much as I did.
I’m now a bit obsessed with George and Ruth so I’m reading Wade Davis’ book Into the Silence. It’s non-fiction and gives loads of background to Mallory’s story including the Great War and some history of the diplomatic relations between Britain, India, Tibet and China. Well-written and very readable. It’s also a page-turner despite the fact that we, the reader, already know the outcome of the early Everest expeditions.
PS: there is also a good National Geographic film about climber Conrad Anker’s discovery of George Mallory’s body on Mt. Everest and his recreation of Mallory’s final summit attempt.
If you are rained out this weekend and looking for something to curl up with, here are a few other good ones to try (I loved them all!):
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
the Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
Actually, please read these books even if the sun shines and you have all sorts of holiday-ish things planned. Great books, all of them.