Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

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Above All Things is a startling and timeless work about our deepest desires, driving obsessions, and our insatiable need to be loved.
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1924. George Mallory is arguably the last great British explorer, having twice tried—and failed—to conquer Mount Everest. The mountain has haunted him, but his attempts have captivated the hearts of a nation desperate to restore its former glory after World War I. Yet George has sworn to his wife, Ruth, that he will not mount a third attempt. He will remain with her and their three children instead of again challenging the unreachable peak.

Then, one afternoon, Ruth reads a telegram addressed to George: “Glad to have you aboard again.” And with this one sentence, the lives of the Mallorys, and the face of the nation, are irrevocably changed.

A beautifully rendered story about the need for redemption and the quest for glory, Above All Things is a captivating blend of historical fact and imaginative fiction. It is a heartbreaking tale of obsession, sacrifice, and what we do for love and honor.
 

About Tanis Rideout

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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, andflow lives in Toronto. Above All Things is her first novel.
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Berkley. 401 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Sara Wheeler on Apr 26 2013

Rideout’s creative use of form is admirable. She has researched the primary material thoroughly, quotes judiciously from some of the many extant letters and links the trauma of the Great War with the obsession to climb Everest...

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Ethel Rohan on Feb 12 2013

Above All Things is a startling and timeless work about our deepest desires, driving obsessions, and our insatiable need to be loved.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by CLAIRE CAMERON on Jul 06 2012

This book is a must-read for Everest buffs with a sensitive side, and for those who want to understand the anatomy of climbing accidents.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jun 22 2012

That some women...are now assuming more and more the mantle of male duty in no way diminishes the urgency of that question, so vividly raised by Rideout’s novel.

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jun 22 2012

That some women — as recent tragedies among Mount Everest climbers have shown — are now assuming more and more the mantle of male duty in no way diminishes the urgency of that question, so vividly raised by Rideout’s novel.

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