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Passage to Everest

Passage to Everest and Beyond by Jim Murphy

This is a lovely coffee table size hardback book, printed on 120gm uncoated paper.

Blurb
“Richard Hingston came late to the British Everest adventure of 1921-24, but he was without doubt one of the most compelling of all the characters in that epic mountaineering saga. A seasoned explorer, he was a brilliant naturalist, a highly decorated soldier and a gifted surgeon whose service in the Indian Army included four years of fighting from East Africa to the Northwest Frontier to the deserts of Mesopotamia. Throughout the Great War and later during the fateful Everest expedition of 1924 that resulted in the deaths of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, Hingston kept a journal, an invaluable document published here for the first time. This alone would warrant publication of this marvelous book, but Jim Murphy has given us something even more valuable, an unforgettable portrait of a most remarkable man the likes of which the world will never know again.“ Wade Davis (explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society.)

About the author:
Jim Murphy was born in Passage West, Co. Cork. He inherited a passion for the lore of the sea and ships and pride in the towns maritime heritage from generations of fishermen and seamen. At 10, he was salmon fishing with his father. He left school at 13 1/2 to work in Rushbroke Dockyard, served his apprenticeship as a boilermaker at Haulbowline Industries Limited and worked in Irish Steel. He completed a diploma in Social and Economic Science at UCC. Jim was a part time trade union secretary and 25 years a Labour Party representative on Passage Town Council. He has worked in ANCO (now Fás) and a HR Manager fro a number of multi-national companies. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Training & Staff Development Manager with Janssen Pharmaceutical.

Jim has previously written a history of Passage Soccer club as well as articles for various local publications. Jim’s Salt Water & Rust in their Blood which was published in 2011, told the proud story of the Passage West – Monkstown area and it’s rich maritime heritage from generations of fishermen and seamen. It was a sell out success.

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