Ed Douglas - The Magician’s Glass
Award-winning writer Ed Douglas discusses his collection of eight recent essays on some of the biggest stories and best-known personalities in the world of climbing.
About 'The Magician's Glass':
In The Magician's Glass, Ed Douglas writes about bitter controversies and the biggest stories surrounding the best-known personalities in the world of climbing.
His eight essays include Ueli Steck’s disputed solo ascent of the south face of Annapurna, the fate of Toni Egger on Cerro Torre in 1959 – when Cesare Maestri claimed the pair had made the first ascent, and the rise and fall of Slovenian ace Tomaz Humar. Profiles of two stars of the 1980s: the much-loved German Kurt Albert, the father of the ‘redpoint’, and the enigmatic rock star Patrick Edlinger, a national hero in his native France who lost his way. Douglas offers fresh perspectives on the impact mountaineering has on local communities and the role climbers play in the developing world.
Review of The Magician's Glass:
"Ed Douglas has rubbed shoulders with the world’s climbing elite, yet his views are always justified and his writing is totally his own. His collection of eight essays in The Magician’s Glass is a masterpiece that deserves to become a classic". Character and Fate (Vertebrate Publishing)
About the event:
We are delighted to be joined by award-winning writer Ed Douglas at the Festival, expect to be captivated by his exploration of the world's best known climbers.
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