This week’s blog post is a shameless advertisement. I hope you don’t mind.
For those of you who still prefer the waft of ink on the page, and have steered clear of reading any of my travel diaries because they’re only available in digital format, I’m delighted to say that you no longer have an excuse for not reading them.
Yes, that’s right. I’ve just published The Chomolungma Diaries, the journal of my 2012 Everest expedition, in paperback format for £5.99 / €6.99 / $7.99, depending on your preferred currency. This is about the cheapest I can make it available without donating the entire profits to the printers and distributors.
Weighing in at a slim 172 pages, it’s a quick read that will provide you with a full afternoon’s entertainment, or even longer if you are a careful reader. It provides an interesting supplement to my full-length book Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest by filling in more of the detail from my final expedition.
As well as being the first of my travel diaries to be released as a paperback, it has also become the first to be professionally edited. Until now all of my diaries have been entirely self-edited. This is not a problem if I’m giving them away at a dollar apiece, but if I’m to charge substantially more for them then readers deserve something better.
The new version of The Chomolungma Diaries is therefore a slightly revised edition in both digital and paperback format. Alex Roddie, who also edited Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest for me, has provided a full line edit to improve the sentence structure and make the language flow better.
I’ve also revamped the blurb to make it a bit less contentious. The original book description that I wrote in 2012 was something of a fiery tirade that sold the book as a refreshing alternative to mountaineering disaster porn. I’d like to think we’ve moved on a little since then, and the blurb was due a revision.
The book also has a new cover and a rather nice Everest motif to begin each chapter. I hope you will find it well worth the price and a nice addition to your bookshelf.
It’s available from Amazon right now, and more bookstores over the coming months.
If you’re soon to be heading off on your summer holidays and are looking for something to read on the beach, or inside your tent as you boil up a brew over the stove, then why not give it a try.
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