The complete autobiography of one of the great icons of this century - the first man to set foot on the summit of Everest.
Sir Edmund Hillary was born in 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand and served in the New Zealand Air Force during the Second World War. Knighted for his ascent of Everest in 1953, he achieved many more adventuring 'firsts' before establishing the Himalayan Trust, an organization devoted to improving the lives of people living in the Himalayas. He has two surviving children by his first wife, Louise, who died tragically in a plane crash with their third child, Belinda. He then married June, widow of his Antarctic partner Pete Mulgrew. Sir Edmund and Lady Hillary lived in Auckland until his death in 2008.
'Sterling stuff...You can only stand back and gape in admiration' *
Sunday Star Time (NZ) *
'Unavoidably gripping...gives an excellent sense of the constant risk when climbing at high altitude' * Sunday Telegraph *
'One of the most marvellous lives of our time' * Literary Review *
'A great read from a writer of remarkable ability' * The Times *
'View from the Summit is a memorable read, the tale of a true survivor, who not only overcame the hazards of Everest but put the fame this brought him to remarkable use' * Mail on Sunday *