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Above All Things is a heart-wrenching novel about George Mallory's fatal attempt to conquer Everest, from debut author Tanis Rideout.
In the Himalayas two climbers strike out for the summit of the Earth's highest mountain - aiming to be the first to the top.
In Cambridge, a wife collects the milk, gets three children out of bed and waits for a letter, a telegram - for news of her husband.
It is 1924 and George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are attempting to be the first to conquer Everest. They face inhuman cold and wind, but putting one foot falteringly after another they reach for the peak. Meanwhile, at home Ruth Mallory goes about her day, hiding her doubts and the uncertainty about the future with or - god forbid - without George.
A powerful, moving story of a husband driven to extraordinary lengths by his ambition and a wife terrified she will lose him to a pitiless rival, Above All Things brings to life one of the great tragedies - and love stories - of the last century.
'Deeply fascinating' Independent
'Above All Things has it all: adventure, tragedy, mystery, and a deeply moving love story. It's gorgeously written and beautifully paced. I could not put it down. Prepare to be dazzled' Alison Pick, author of Far to Go
Tanis Rideout's work has appeared in numerous publications and been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Award. In 2006, she was named the Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario by the environmental advocacy group Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and joined Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip on a tour to promote environmental justice on the lake. Born in Belgium, Tanis grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. She recently received her MFA from the University of Guelph-Humber. Above All Things is her first novel.
For more information, please visit www.tanisrideout.com.
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A love story, a tale of adventure, and a study in obsession all at once, Above All Things is simply breathtaking. With Tanis Rideout's debut,a major new voice in Canadian fiction arrives (Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce)
Above All Things has it all: adventure, tragedy, mystery, and a deeply moving love story. It's gorgeously written and beautifully paced. I could not put it down. Prepare to be dazzled (Alison Pick, author of Far to Go)
Timeless romance, an unflinching love story that touches the very core of the human condition. Rideout leaves readers holding the book close to their chest, knowing that the purpose of life, above all else, is love (Telegraph-Journal)
With Above All Things, Tanis Rideout finally fills in this void, illuminating one of the great, tragic adventure stories of the modern-day age. It's a fantastic read (David Grann New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z)
Deeply fascinating (Independent)
[Tanis Rideout] keeps us on tenterhooks . . . and leaves us intrigued by unanswered questions about [Mallory's] last attempt on Everest (The Press)
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