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Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life



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Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life by Alexa Johnston
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"Incredible man acurately honoured in this fascinating book."
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Truly well written book with so many inspirational stories. There are so many things that Sir Ed achieved quietly but so passionately that I had no idea about. It also reflected his keen sense of humour & incredible work ethic.


60 years ago New Zealand's greatest adventurer Edmund Hillary made world history with his ascent of Mt Everest. This intimate and inspiring book tells the full story of Sir Edmund Hillary's extraordinary life, from his expeditions to remote corners of the world to his humanitarian activities serving the Sherpa people. Drawing on Sir Ed's personal archives, it is a portrait of a revered yet modest man who lived life to the full - surviving personal tragedies as well as achieving historic triumphs, earning worldwide fame and displaying tireless philanthropy. Ranging from the roof of the world to the frozen extremes of the South Pole, Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life is a fitting and revealing tribute to a great man.

Author Biography

Alexa Johnston isa freelance writer and art curator. Her first book, a definitive biography of the iconic New Zealand mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary: An Extraordinary Life, was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards. An enthusiastic and accomplished baker from a young age, Alexa has published three cookbooks celebrating New Zealand's culinary history: Ladies, a Plate (2008), A Second Helping (2009) and What's For Pudding? (2011); as well as a beautiful hardback collectors' edition of her baking recipes, Ladies, a Plate: The Collection (2012).She is a columnist in Taste magazine and will publish a fourth cookbook in late 2013.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2007
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Penguin Books (NZ)
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