Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

Jeffrey Archer's latest book, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it's there." On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.

But only after you've turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallory's name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.


About Jeffrey Archer

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JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Sins of the Father, And Thereby Hangs a Tale, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
Published March 3, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 384 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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His most interesting battles aren’t with the elements, but with petty bureaucrats who scheme against George Finch, the caddish but accomplished Australian climber Mallory wants as his partner, and with himself, torn between his responsibilities to his long-suffering wife back home and his desire ...

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The Guardian

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Long before he was sentenced to four years in prison for perjury in 2001, the Jeffrey Archer phenomenon was a puzzle to those of us in the book world who thought we had seen it all.

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Publishers Weekly

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Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer's historical novel.

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Publishers Weekly

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Along the way, Mallory marries, becomes a father, serves in WWI and finds himself pitted against Australian mountaineer George Finch as a potential leader of Britain’s push to conquer Everest.

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Book Reporter

But Mallory recovers and renews his desire to achieve what no man has done --- to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

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The Telegraph

Sure, it is interesting to speculate whether Mallory made it to the top of Everest, and it is nice to think that he loved his wife, but Archer is no mountaineer and he can’t raise much enthusiasm for the climb, nor can he adequately convey the scenery of the Himalayas – the phrase “ra...

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It's still painful to find him crediting Mallory with words, both in dialogue and in letters which Archer has "fictionalised", sometimes on the basis of Mallory's real letters, that could only ever have been produced by a character in a Jeffrey Archer novel.

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or maybe because my dad had read it and suggested it was good.....or another probable reason is that i had to complete my holiday homework as soon as possible....but the main point is how much i liked it n i seriously would suggest a person with the same reading taste as mine to go and take a loo...

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History records that Sir Edmund Hilary was the first man to climb the summit in the 1950s - but this novel asks the question of whether Mallory actually achieved the feat decades earlier.

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