Another wonderful bundle of books came recently even though I still have a lot of catching up to do with my previous hauls from last month. All of the following books come courtesy of the wonderful people at Walker Books and it’s an interesting selection of books from board books, middle grade to an historical fiction YA! Apologies for the (still) slightly out of focus photographs. I tried a new camera and I had to give it back as it’s images came out grainy and out of focus (so worse than my phone!) …buying a new camera on a budget doesn’t seem to be so easy.
Let’s start with the picture books (full blurbs will appear on reviews):
Hi everyone and Happy Easter! I hope you are all doing well. Most of you know the rough road I’ve been on for the last couple of months regarding my health but hopefully the worst is behind me and I’m definitely doing much better than I was last month. Not a lot has happened to me this last month so I’ll keep this round-up short.
Whether you celebrate the traditional Easter holiday time or not, many of us still enjoy the magic of Easter and the joy of the spring that is ahead. A time for new baby animals to be born, for greenery to flourish, new flowers to show. All of us can appreciate something special about this time of the year, so here is a special poem I’ve written for the occasion. I hope you all enjoy it 🙂
Description: From the hidden wonders of fossilization , rocks and the water cycle to awe-inspiring spectacles like volcanoes, thunderstorms and glaciers, discover the magnificent way the world works in this unique and beautiful approach to earth science.
Sally M. Walker’s illuminating haikus about the extraordinary processes that happen all around us are vividly illustrated by William Grill award winning creator of Shakleton’s Journey.
Title: The Ogre: Biography of a mountain and the dramatic story of the first ascent
Author: Doug Scott
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
Genre: Non-fiction, Outdoors, Autobiography
Description: On the afternoon of 13 July 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of The Ogre, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long descent. In the minutes that followed, any feeling of success from their achievement would be overwhelmed by the start of a desperate fight for survival. And things would only get worse.
Rising to over 7,000 metres in the centre of the Karakoram, The Ogre – Baintha Brakk is notorious in mountaineering circles as one of the most difficult mountains to climb. First summited by Scott and Bonington in 1977 on expedition with Paul ‘Tut’ Braithwaite, Nick Estcourt, Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine it waited almost twenty-four years for a second ascent, and a further eleven years for a third.
The Ogre, by legendary mountaineer Doug Scott, is a two-part biography of this enigmatic peak: in the first part, Scott has painstakingly researched the geography and history of the mountain; part two is the long overdue and very personal account of his and Bonington s first ascent and their dramatic week-long descent on which Scott suffered two broken legs and Bonington smashed ribs. Using newly discovered diaries, letters and audio tapes, it tells of the heroic and selfless roles played by Clive Rowland and Mo Anthoine. When the desperate climbers finally made it back to base camp, they were to find it abandoned and themselves still a long way from safety.