The Straits Times
Published on Nov 13, 2012

Everest book wins Samuel Johnson non-fiction award


LONDON (REUTERS) - Wade Davis, explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society, on Monday won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for his account of George Mallory's ill-fated attempt to scale the heights of Everest.

Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory And The Conquest Of Everest", published by Random House imprint The Bodley Head, was the result of 10 years' research and writing and sought to link the conquest of Everest with a desire to exorcise the massed ghosts of those who fell in World War One.

"This fascinating historical narrative of a great adventure manages to shed new light on events and stories we thought we already knew," said David Willetts, a parliamentarian who was chair of the judges.

"It's an exciting story of human endeavour imbued with deep historical significance.