Wade Davis wins top U.K. non-fiction honour
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Canadian author and explorer
has won Britain's top non-fiction literary honour for his account of a doomed
ascent of Mount Everest.
Wade Davis spent 12 years researching Into the Silence. (National
Geographic)Davis won the £20,000 ($32,000 Cdn) Samuel Johnson Prize at a
ceremony in London on Monday for his book Into the Silence: The Great War,
Mallory and the Conquest of Everest.
Noted writer Davis is a mountaineer, ethnobotanist and explorer-in-residence
for the National Geographic Society.
In Into the Silence, Davis revisits the tale of British mountaineer George
Mallory, who famously declared he wanted to climb Everest — the world's
highest peak — "because it is there." The attempt resulted in his death in
1924, with people still debating nearly a century later whether he ever
reached the summit.
A product of more than a decade of research and writing, Davis' book explores
Mallory's expedition deeper by delving into its wider context: those early
days of mountaineering and the backdrop of the attempt following the First
World War and against the backdrop of British imperialism.
[Excerpted from www.cbc.ca - November 13, 2012]