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Edmund Hillary : a biography / Michael Gill
Bib ID 7461291
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Gill, Michael, 1937- author
 
Description Nelson, New Zealand : Potton & Burton, 2017 
540 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 25 cm 
ISBN 9780947503383 (hardback)
0947503382 (hardback)
Summary

This new and important biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, a truly great New Zealander, breaks new ground among previous accounts of his life. The author, Michael Gill, was a close friend of Edmund Hillary's for over 50 years, accompanying him on many expeditions, and becoming heavily involved in his Himalayan aid work. He was also granted access by Sir Edmund's children to a large archive of private papers and photos that were deposited in the Auckland Museum after his death. Building on personal experience, and this new unpublished material, Michael Gill has written a wonderfully insightful and illuminating biography. He describes the uncertainties of the first 33 years of Edmund Hillary's life, as well as the always-fascinating stories of the early attempts on Mt Everest, all a prelude to the first ascent which brought him instant world-wide fame. But too, this biography reveals, in part through personal letters, the tender and loving relationship he had with his wife Louise. Her importance to him during their 22 years of marriage only underlines the horror of her death, along with that of their youngest daughter, in a plane crash in 1975. Sir Edmund eventually pulled out of the subsequent depression to continue his life's work building schools and hospitals in the Himalayas. Affectionate, but scrupulously fair, Michael Gill has gone further than anyone before to reveal the humanity of this remarkable man.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 522-525) and index.

Subjects Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008.  |  Hillary, Edmund, 1919-2008 -- Family.  |  Mountaineers -- New Zealand -- Biography.  |  Explorers -- New Zealand -- Biography.  |  Philanthropists -- New Zealand -- Biography.  |  Everest, Mount (China and Nepal) -- Discovery and exploration.
Form/genre Biographies.

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