Rider buys biography of Everest 'hero'

Rider buys biography of Everest 'hero'

Rider has acquired a book about a forgotten figure involved in Edmund Hillary's 1953 ascent of Everest, written by his daughter.

Publishing director Judith Kendra acquired world rights in The Unsung Hero of Everest by Harriet Tuckey from Anthony Sheil at Sheil Land and will publish in hardback in May 2013, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the ascent.

Tuckey is the daughter of Griffith Pugh, the physiological consultant on Hillary’s ascent of Everest, whose knowledge helped rescue the attempt “from the gentleman-amateurism that had failed on the mountain so many times before”, according to the publisher.

Kendra said of the book: “As well as being a fascinating biography, it also makes an important contribution to the history of mountaineering and high altitude physiology. Beautifully written, it will have a wide audience."

The book has already been awarded a Biographers' Club prize.