Magazine article Geographical

Norton of Everest: The Biography of EF Norton, Soldier and Mountaineer

Magazine article Geographical

Norton of Everest: The Biography of EF Norton, Soldier and Mountaineer

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NORTON OF EVEREST: The Biography of EF Norton, Soldier and Mountaineer by Hugh Norton; Vertebrate Publishing; [pounds sterling]12.99 (paperback)

This is a modest book about a modest man who led anything but a modest life. Edward 'Teddy' Norton won a DSO for distinguished service as a First World War artillery officer, set an altitude record on Everest in 1924, and served as the acting governor of Hong Kong during the tumultuous months of the early 1940s. He refused to write his own autobiography, insisting to his wife that his life was not worth recording. Now, some 60 years after his death, his son, Hugh, has written this fascinating account of a great life, well lived.

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For Teddy Norton, climbing was literally part of his DNA; his grandfather was Alfred Wills, the pioneering British alpinist. Teddy learnt the ropes in the Alps, making repeated forays into the mountains from his family's chalet near to Chamonix. Following the 1921 reconnaissance, Norton was chosen as a member of the British Everest expedition of 1922, and served as acting leader on the next, two years later. …

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