Mallory and Irvine Books

There are many books out there that relate to George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, from biographies to those who have their own theory of what had happened on that fateful day in 1924 and about the discovery of Mallory’s body in 1999.

Below I have listed these books.

Above All Things by Tani RideoutAbove All Things

Above All Things is a heart-wrenching novel about George Mallory’s fatal attempt to conquer Everest, from debut author Tanis Rideout. A powerful, moving story of a husband driven to extraordinary lengths by his ambition and a wife terrified she will lose him to a pitiless rival, Above All Things brings to life one of the great tragedies – and love stories – of the last century.

Author: Tanis Rideout

An Afterclap of Fate: Mallory on Everest by Charles Lind

An Afterclap of Fate: Mallory on Everest

The perennial mystery of Mallory and Irvine on Everest receives an intriguing twist in a reconstruction of their fateful climb written virtually in Mallory’s own words. Drawn from the climber’s letters, writing and Mallory’s background as a classicist, this is a near forensic examination of the evidence and points to one firm conclusion.

Author: Charles Lind

Ascent: A Poem for George Mallory and Andrew Irvine by Benedicta Froelich

Ascent: A Poem for George Mallory and Andrew Irvine

A poem on George Herbert Leigh-Mallory and Andrew ‘Sandy’ Comyn Irvine, the two heroic climbers who, in June 1924, likely succeeded in being the very first men on top of Everest – and disappeared forever in the mists of time.

Author: Ascent: Benedicta Froelich

Because Its There: The Life of George Mallory by Dudley Green

Because Its There: The Life of George Mallory

An enigmatic character to the last, the life – or to be more specific the death – of George Mallory contains one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. The puzzle as to whether Mallory was the first man to conquer Everest is brilliantly presented.

Author: Dudley Green

Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory by Peter Gillman
Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory

In Climbing Everest, George Mallory (18 June 1886 – 8/9 June 1924), possibly the first man to summit Everest, takes us with him on his climbs in Britain and the Alps, culminating in his three expeditions to Mount Everest – the last of which cost him his life.

Author: Peter Gillman

Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition by Jochen Hemmleb and Eric Simonson
Detectives on Everest: The 2001 Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition

When the research team led by Eric Simonson found George Mallory’s body high on Everest in 1999, the news made headlines around the world-and ignited intense debate. One question, at least, remained unanswered: What happened to Mallory’s partner, Andrew Irvine? In 2001, Simonson’s team returned in search of answers among the high camps on Everest’s north side. Detectives on Everest is the story of this second expedition, and what it found, including new archeological findings from the early British and Chinese.

Author: Jochen Hemmleb and Eric Simonson

Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine by Julie Summers

Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine

Julie Summers, great niece of Sandy Irvine, has been fascinated since childhood by the story of Uncle Sandy. In May 2000, Julie made an astonishing discovery: a long forgotten and unopened trunk containing Irvine’s letters and photographs from Everest. Drawing on these and other material, Julie writes a revealing story of a fearless young adventurer whose life and death linked him with one of the greatest mountaineering legends of all time.

Author: Julie Summers

George Mallory by David Robertson

George Mallory

A full biography of the mountaineer whose remains were recovered on Mount Everest in 1999. The text portrays this heroic climber as a man of broad interests, immense charm and devotion to family and friends.

Author: David Robertson

George Leigh Mallory: A Memoir By David Pye

George Leigh Mallory: A Memoir

This was the first of several biographies of the famous Everest pioneer and arguably the first to conquer the mountain, whose perfectly preserved body was dramatically recovered in 1999. Most importantly, it is the only biography written by a contemporary, fellow mountaineer and close friend.

Author: David Pye

Ghosts of Everest: The Authorised Story of the Search for Mallory and Irvine by Jochen Hemmleb and Larry A Johnson

Ghosts of Everest: The Authorised Story of the Search for Mallory and Irvine

On May 1, 1999, the Mallory & Irvine Research Expedition found George Mallory’s body – astonishingly well preserved – high on the wind-swept North Face of Everest. But that is not all they found. In Mallory’s pockets, and elsewhere on the mountain, the researchers found answers to the question that has plagued historians and mountaineers alike: Did they make it? And if they did, what happened to them?

Authors: Jochen Hemmleb and Larry A Johnson

In the Footsteps of Mallory and Irvine: The Wildest Dream by Mark MacKenzie

In the Footsteps of Mallory and Irvine: The Wildest Dream

Conrad Anker and his climbing partner Leo Houlding attempt to climb Mount Everest kitted out in replica clothing that Mallory and Irvine wore in 1924, with a film crew to record their every move, they set off to solve Everest’s oldest mystery.

Author: Mark MacKenzie

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis

Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

For Mallory, as for all of his generation, death was but ‘a frail barrier that men crossed, smiling and gallant, every day’. As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war. What mattered now was how one lived, and the moments of being alive.

Author: Wade Davis

Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory by David Breashears and Audrey Salkeld

Last Climb: The Legendary Everest Expeditions of George Mallory

From renowned Everest mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears and historian Audrey Salkeld, this is the first illustrated account of the ill-fated 1924 attempt by Englishmen George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to be the first to summit Everest.’

Authors: David Breashears and Audrey Salkeld

Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine’s fatal ascent by Graham Hoyland

Last Hours on Everest: The gripping story of Mallory and Irvine’s fatal ascent

The Last Hours on Everest is the most detailed reconstruction of what happened after the two English climbing legends left the camp on that fateful day. Combining personal experience, the physical evidence found on the mountain and an insight into the hearts and minds of the two climbers, Graham Hoyland produces the most compelling description of what actually happened on that day and the answer to that most intriguing of questions – did they actually climb Everest?

Author: Graham Hoyland

Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine by Peter Firstbrook

Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine

Beginning with Sikdhar and Hennessy, this volume explores the events which led up to Mallory and Irvines climb, traces the subsequent history of climbing on Everest and concludes with the story of the search for Mallory and Irvines bodies and cameras.

Author: Peter Firstbrook

Mallory of Everest by Showell Styles

Mallory of Everest

Mallory of Everest is all about the three British Mount Everest expeditions that George Mallory went on in 1921, 1922 and 1924.

Author: Showell Styles

Mallory Myths and Mysteries: The Mallory Clothing Project by Mike Parsons and Mary Rose
Mallory Myths and Mysteries: The Mallory Clothing Project

This book tells the exciting story of the replication of clothing worn on the 1924 Mount Everest expedition. Its testing on Everest in 2006 sheds new light upon thee mystery of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, who perished high on the mountain in 1924.

Authors: Mike Parsons and Mary Rose

Mystery on Everest: A Photobiography of George Mallory

Mystery on Everest: A Photobiography of George Mallory

A dashing, determined adventurer, Mallory tried to climb Mount Everest three times, dying on his final attempt. His daring exploits and the mystery of whether he reached the summit before he died will hold young readers interest from cover to cover.”

Author: Audrey Salkeld

Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory is the story of such a man. But not until you’ve turned the last page of Jeffrey Archer’s extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.

Author: Jeffrey Archer

The Fight for Everest 1924 by Edward Norton

The Fight for Everest 1924

The compelling narrative by Norton and other expedition members, and Mallorys vivid letters home, present a gripping picture of life in the Himalaya. Notes and observations from the entire team show how far knowledge of the mountain and of high-altitude climbing had advanced by 1924, and make recommendations for future Everest attempts.

Author: Edward Norton

The Irvine Diaries by Herbert Carr

The Irvine Diaries

Andrew Irvine’s brief but fulfilled life is told here largely from his diaries written during the expeditions to Spitsbergen in 1923 and Mount Everest in 1924.

Author: Herbert Carr

The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest by Conrad Anker and David Roberts

The Lost Explorer: Finding Mallory on Mount Everest

Conrad Anker, one of the world’s foremost mountaineers, made the momentous discovery – Mallory’s body, lying frozen into the scree at 27,000 feet on Everest’s north face. Recounting this day, the authors go on to assess the clues provided by the body, its position, and the possibility that Mallory had successfully climbed the Second Step, a 90-foot sheer cliff that is the single hardest obstacle on the North Face.

Authors: Conrad Anker and David Roberts

The Mystery Of Mallory And Irvine by Audrey Salkeld and Tom Holzel

The Mystery Of Mallory And Irvine

Did Mallory and Irvine conquer Everest almost 30 years before Hillary and Tenzing? How did they die? Where they the Olympian heroes described by history? Was George Mallory – friend of Lytton Strachey, Duncan Grant and Rupert Brooke – attempting to fulfill some poetic ideal by choosing as his climbing partner the inexperienced young Irvine?

Authors: Audrey Salkeld and Tom Holzel

The Second Death of George Mallory by Reinhold Messner

The Second Death of George Mallory

As a child, Reinhold Messner’s mother read him stories about George Mallory and a fellow climber Andrew Irvine. “The Second Death of George Mallory” is both an investigation into his death and a deeply felt homage – to a mountain, to the spirit of an age and to the man who inspired those who followed in his footsteps.

Author: Reinhold Messner

The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory by Peter and Leni Gillman

The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory

Peter and Leni Gillman assess the motives and goals of this inspirational yet complex figure, whose life was dominated by his two conflicting passions: his love for his wife Ruth, and Everest – forbidding, unclimbed, ‘the wildest dream’, as he called it. Drawing on family letters and helped by surviving members of the family, Peter and Leni Gillman present a powerful and affecting portrait of a man torn between competing desires, and the fatal choice he ultimately made.

Authors: Peter and Leni Gillman