Description - Killing Dragons by Fergus Fleming
'Here be dragons', said the old maps. In the late 18th century a few brave men started to venture up the mountains of Switzerland to discover the secrets hidden in their snowy peaks. They took with them wine and brandy, wore ordinary shoes and had no protective clothing. Then the British arrived: a gallery of strange, obsessive explorers bent on conquering every Alpine summit. 'Mountaineering' was born. Killing Dragons is a funny, wicked and witty history of the conquest of the Alps: full of wonderful and quite mad characters, it is impossible to put down.
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(198mm x 132mm x mm)
Publisher: Granta Books
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Author Biography - Fergus Fleming
Fergus Fleming is a freelance writer living in London W8 and Gloucestershire. Educated at Oxford University and City University, London, he trained as an accountant and barrister and has worked as a furniture maker. Fergus is also the author of Amaryllis, a portrait of his aunt, and of several children's books. His recent non-fiction book Barrow's Boys, is published by Granta Books.