When Jan Marsh was still James Marsh she was offered the scoop of a lifetime. Everest was at the point of being conquered by the British team; if the assault was successful the news needed to be reported in time for the Queen’s coronation. How this was conceived, planned, almost thwarted and eventually brought to fruition is as gripping as any work of fiction.
Even though we know the outcome, the part where Hillary and Tensing come back into view upon their descent, exhausted but exhilarated and somehow manage to give the ‘thumbs up’ is genuinely exciting.
Marsh retells the events from a journalist’s point of view with an eye for the sensational. This is a thoroughly gripping read.