Description : 'The Moth and the Mountain is a gripping story of heroism, adventure, madness and thwarted love, told with extraordinary empathy and intelligence. Ed Caesar is a writer of rare style and depth, and he has written a great and moving work of non-fiction' Mark O'Connell, Wellcome Book Prize-winning author of To Be a Machine and Notes from an Apocalypse The untold story of Britain's most mysterious mountaineering legend - the marvellous Maurice Wilson - and his heroic attempt to climb Everest alone. In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Everest, a little-known World War I veteran named Maurice Wilson conceived his own crazy, beautiful plan: he would fly a Gipsy Moth airplane from England to Everest, crash land on its lower slopes, then become the first person to reach its summit - all utterly alone. Wilson didn't know how to climb. He barely knew how to fly. But he had pluck, daring and a vision - he wanted to be the first man to stand on top of the world. Traumatised by his wartime experiences and leaving behind a trail of broken hearts, Wilson believed that Everest could redeem him. This is the tale of an adventurer unlike any you have ever encountered: an unforgettable story about the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Maurice Wilson is a man written out of the history books - dismissed as an eccentric and a charlatan by many, but held in the highest regard by renowned mountaineers such as Reinhold Messner. The Moth and the Mountain restores him to his rightful place in the annals of Everest and in doing so attempts to answer that eternal question - why do we climb mountains?
Description : Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Description : Describes and illustrates 183 butterflies and moths of North America, and includes advice on butterfly-watching and butterfly conservation
Description : An Exhaustive And Unforgettable Portrait Of India&Amp;Rsquo;S Greatest And Most Respected Industrialist. Written With J.R.D. Tata'S Co-Operation, This Superb Biography Tells The J.R.D. Story From His Birth To 1993, The Year In Which He Died In Switzerland. The Book Is Divided Into Four Parts: Part I Deals With The Early Years, From J.R.D.&Amp;Rsquo;S Birth In France In 1904 To His Accession To The Chairmanship Of Tatas, India'S Largest Industrial Conglomerate, At The Age Of Thirty-Four; Part Ii Looks At His Forty-Six Years In Indian Aviation (The Lasting Passion Of J.R.D'S Life) Which Led To The Initiation Of The Indian Aviation Industry And Its Development Into One Of India'S Success Stories; Part Iii Illuminates His Half-Century-Long Stint As The Outstanding Personality Of Indian Industry; And Part Iv Unearths Hitherto Unknown Details About The Private Man And The Public Figure, Including Glimpses Of His Long Friendships With Such People As Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi And His Association With Celebrities In India And Abroad..
Description : In 1975 Annie Dillard took up residence on an island in Puget Sound in a wooden room - one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person. For the next two years she asked herself questions about time, reality, sacrifice and death. In Holy the Firm she writes about a moth consumed in a candle flame, about a seven-year-old girl burned in an aeroplane accident, about a baptism on a cold beach. But behind the moving curtain of what she calls 'the hard things - rock mountain and salt sea', she sees, sometimes far off and sometimes as close by as a veil or air, the power play of holy fire. Holy the Firm is a profound and breath-taking book about the natural world by a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most influential figures in contemporary non-fiction.
Description : A collection of writings about nature follows the author's early life in Indiana, to her home in Colorado, and to her journeys west and overseas
Description : Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees. Deakin lives in forest shacks, goes "coppicing" in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple. As the world's forests are whittled away, Deakin's sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world's marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience.