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FAR, FAR THE DISTANT PEAK: THE LIFE OF WILFRID NOYCE, MOUNTAINEER, SCHOLAR, POET Stewart Hawkins 2014 1st UK ed Hardcover DJ Fine 2 Copies Available
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Great Britain, 2014,1st edition. 368 pp, b/w photos and maps. Hardcover with dust jacket. Fine.

Wilfrid Noyce is best known for his mountaineering exploits during the period before the Second World War and until his death in 1962 in the Pamirs; he made a major contribution to the success of the 1953 Everest expedition. There were however many other sides to this quiet, diffident unassuming man.
 
His book, South Col, is considered the best written book about the Everest first ascent. His other books are The Alps, British Crags and Climbers, Climbing the Fishes Tail, The Gods are Angry, Michael Angelo, Mountains and Men, Samson, Scholar Mountaineers, The Springs of Adventure, They Survived, To The Unknown Mountain and The World Atlas of Mountaineering. We usually have copies available of most of Noyce's books.
 
This book tells of his scholarly prowess from an age right through Charterhouse and Kings College, Cambridge to his War service in India and beyond. He led the cryptography team that broke a key Japanese code and significantly improved the ability of the allies to understand the plans of the Japanese and to intercept the movements of their forces.
 
After the war he became a schoolmaster, first at Malvern College and, after his marriage in 1950, at his old school, Charterhouse. He taught Classics initially and then French and Italian and was appreciated for the quiet manner in which he delivered his lessons. He was a popular master and many are the boys who are grateful to him for introducing them to the mountains and inspiring them with a love of adventure and the outdoors.
 
Poetry and writing came naturally to him. Articles and poems flowed from his pen from early on and when he was established as a writer, he published a new book almost every year. Most of these concerned the mountains and adventure but the biography-poem Michael Angelo was published in 1953 and Poems in 1960.

This book describes Noyces life and achievements and seeks to show the motivation and driving force of a man who spanned two very different eras of mountaineering achievement.


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