Writing a novel based on historical events and in foreign environments takes lots of research. I’ve included here a list of books and resources that were helpful to me in the writing of Above All Things. This is by no means exhaustive, but many of these I returned to time and again to get a sense of both Everest and the era.

-          Mount Everest, The Reconnaissance, 1921 – Charles Howard-Bury

-          The Assault on Mount Everest – Charles Granville Bruce

-          The Epic of Mount Everest – Sir Francis Younghusband

-          The Lost Explorer, Finding Mallory on Mount Everest –  Conrad Anker and David Roberts

-          The Wildest Dream, Mallory, his Life and Conflicting Passions – Peter and Leni Gillman

-          First on Everest, The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine – Tom Holzel and Audrey Salkeld

-          Everest Pioneer, The Photographs of Captain John Noel – Sandra Noel

-          Ghosts of Everest – the Search for Mallory and Irvine – Jochen Hemmlab, Larry A. Johnson, Eric R. Simonson

-          Lost on Everest, The Search for Mallory and Irvine – Peter Firstbrook

-          Fearless on Everest, The Quest for Sandy Irvine – Julie Summers

-          The Irvine Diaries – Introduction by Herbert Carr

-          George Mallory – David Robertson

-          Last Climb: The legendary Everest expeditions of George Mallory – David Brashears

-          Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

-          Left for Dead – Beck Weathers

-          View From the Summit – Sir Edmund Hillary

-          The Climb – Tragic Ambitions on Everest – Anatoli Boukreev

-          Everest – The West Ridge – Thomas F. Hornbein

-          Everest, the Hard Way – Chris Bonnington

-          Everest, Summit of Achievement – Stephen Venables

-          Everest, Mountain without Mercy – Broughton  Coburn

-          High Crimes: the fate of Everest in an Age of Greed – Michael Kodas

-          Everest: Alone at the Summit: a Survival Story – Stephen Venables

-          Dead Lucky: Life after Death on Mount Everest – Lincoln Hall

-          Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial SeasonNick Heil

-          Encyclopedia of Mountaineering – Walt Unsworth

-          Scrambles Amongst the Alps – Edward Whymper

-          Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow – the Dark Side of Extreme Adventure – Maria Coffey

2 Responses to Resources

  1. dbutterill says:

    Have you heard of Wade Davis?

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