Who was the first person to reach the top of Everest? Did George Mallory beat Edmund Hillary by a three decades or did he fail to reach the summit?
The book details the life story of George Mallory, mountain climber extraordinnaire and schoolteacher, from his start in climbing to his attempts to climb Mount Everest. Mallory being the man who responded to question "Why do you want to climb Mt. Everest?" with the phrase "because it's there."
An interesting tale, that leaves question marks at the end, fictionalised as it is, and which has been added to by the recent discovery of Mallory's body below the second step. The life of George Mallory is interesting and one I was not familiar with before this book. An excellent read.