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Fergus Fleming is the author of Barrow's Boys, Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps, and Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole. He lives in London

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Tekijän teokset

Heroes of the Dawn: Celtic Myth (Myth and Mankind) (1996) 517 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Barrow's Boys (1998) 452 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
The Way to Eternity: Egyptian Myth (1997) 323 kappaletta
Ninety Degrees North: The Quest for the North Pole (2001) 208 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Killing Dragons: The Conquest of the Alps (2000) 189 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Tositarinoita vakoojista (2001) 144 kappaletta
The Sword and the Cross: Two Men and an Empire of Sand (2003) 127 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Greek Gazette (1995) — Tekijä — 102 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Off the Map: Tales of Endurance and Exploration (2005) 92 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Explorer's Eye: First-Hand Accounts of Adventure and Exploration (2005) — Toimittaja — 90 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Tales of Real Spies (1997) 44 kappaletta
Stone Age Sentinel (1998) 41 kappaletta
Cassell's Tales of Endurance (2004) 40 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

Granta 71: Shrinks (2000) — Avustaja — 136 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming's James Bond Letters (2015) — Toimittaja — 81 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua

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London, England, UK
Gloucestershire, England, UK
Oxford University
City University, London
furniture maker
Fleming, Ian (uncle)
Fleming, Peter (uncle)
Fleming, Amaryllis (aunt)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
FERGUS FLEMING is a freelance writer living in London 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 non-fiction books Barrow's Boys and Killing Dragons are published by Granta Books. [from Granta website]



What boy doesn't love Tales of Endurance? Diets of weevils and worse, addled wanderings through scorched or frozen wastes, sudden death by crevassing or slow death by scurvy or husky-liver OD? Not this boy, that's for sure.
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yarb | Jan 4, 2024 |
Revision: Reading more of it, most eventually is of it is Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, which after a while are very boring and depressing, as dumb men take off over the ice, snow, and frozen ocean to abuse or kill themselves. Fools, they accomplish nothing and prove nothing. Change from 5 to 2 1/2 stars.

Not having read "Barrow's Boys" I would rate this book top shelf. It has tale after tale (40+) of exploration, adventure, and travels to places very few white men have been before. You don't have to read another whole book as this has just the relevant highlights. If you're interested in exploration and adventure, this is it.… (lisätietoja)
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Newmans2001 | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 13, 2023 |
When I was in high school many years ago, we lived for a couple of years in Neuchatel, Switzerland, in a 13-story building. On a very (very) clear day, we could see Mont Blanc far in the distance. Even at that distance, it was a majestic site. I like looking at mountains, but the idea of climbing would never enter my mind. The thousands who have now climbed Everest, with the help of guides to carry their bags and technology, have trivialized what once was an extraordinary accomplishment.

So it was for the Alps in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were considered unclimbable, harsh, and forbidding monuments to death and destruction. Avalanches regularly killed many, and the physics of glaciers were not understood. Fleming has written a detailed examination of how and why that all changed.

It was a combination of thirst for scientific knowledge about the Alps coupled with myth that was layered with romantic views of Byron and others. Killing the Dragons refers to the legends that the Alps were populated by Dragons. Crossing the Alps was a very hazardous undertaking because of swift changes in the weather, glacial crevasses, and falling rocks. (One avalanche sent boulders into a lake creating a tsunami of epic proportions inundating a town.

After Mt. Blanc was climbed successfully, the story continued, moving from dragons to a virtual advertising campaign. Much lie Everest today, climbing Mt. Blanc became the thing to do. The Alps were transformed into a thing of beauty and respite, attracting hoards of visitors, rather than something to be feared.

Before you know it, the Alps and Switzerland benefited from another kind of myth, that of the health giving clean air and wonderful resorts. Towns and villages that had been considered mere provinces of swine, were now sought after resorts and the Swiss, clever people they are, soon had a train (!) running up though the Matterhorn close to its summit for people like me who would rather ride than climb.

It’s a fun read (I listened to the well-read audio version)
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