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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

Samuel Johnson Prize 2012

by Wade Davis

On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine...

In Patagonia

Hawthornden Prize 1977

by Bruce Chatwin

The masterpiece of travel writing that revolutionized the genre and made its author famous overnight


An exhilarating look at a place that still retains the exotic mystery of a far-off, unseen land, Bruce Chatwin’s...