Ed Caesar’s new book, The Moth and the Mountain, is a tale of (mis)adventure and the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Its hero, Maurice Wilson, has been largely forgotten by history. Wilson didn’t know how to climb or fly, but nonetheless set about flying solo from England to Everest, crash landing on its lower slopes, then climbing to its peak. Described by the Times as a “bonkers ripping yarn of derring-don’t”, the book restores Wilson to his rightful place in the annals of Everest history and in doing so attempts to answer that perennial question – why do we climb mountains?
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