Episode # 6

Above All Things
A Novel

Tanis Rideout

George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest has captivated generations. But what impact did it have on his personal life... Read More »

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2/12/13
Amy Einhorn
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Hardcover
400 pgs.
$26.95
0399160582
9780399160585
Putnam

 


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Above All Things

“Tell me the story of Everest,” she said, a fervent smile sweeping across her face, creasing the corners of her eyes. “Tell me about this mountain that's stealing you away from me.”

George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest has captivated generations. But what impact did it have on his personal life? Above All Things blends historical fact with imaginative fiction. Alternating narratives vividly describe Mallory's battle to conquer the mountain and his wife's heartache as she waits for news at home in Cambridge, England. What emerges is a beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.

Praise for Above All Things

“This magnificent novel, at once rugged and sensual, elaborates on George Mallory's assault on Everest in 1924, the ones who went, the ones who waited... Above All Things takes us to the heights of human experience and endurance, both in physical fortitude and erotic longing. Rideout brings us to the summit and backflown, shaken but somhow saved by grace.”
— Robert Goolrick, New York Times–bestselling author of A Reliable Wife

“‘Because it's there.’ With just three words, George Mallory explained why explorers do what they do. Yet beyond these words, volumes have been left unsaid. 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


TANIS RIDEOUT's work has appeared in numerous publications and has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Awards. Born in Belgium, she grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. Above All Things is her first novel.