Paths of Glory, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.

Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed.

Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

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. 'Archer at the peak of his imaginative powers' The Times 'Paths of Glory will lead Archer to fans he has never before conquered' The Independent 'The plain storytelling is unimprovable.

Few literary writers could do his job better' Sunday Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780330511667

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Paths to Glory is the delightful story of the life well lived of George Mallory – climber, teacher, husband, father, and first man up Everest? We may never know that last bit for sure, but this book gives credence that the strength of will and technical abilities were present, and he very well may have summited right before monsoon season in 1924. To me this book was part climbing tale, part love story and part commentary on the British Empire during the age of exploration. The insights into the personalities and politics of the Royal Geographic Society and the Alpine Club making up the Everest Committee were what made it most intriguing for me. Serious mountaineers will be left wanting for lack of any technical details – the only time ice axes were even mentioned was when they were used as the stumps to play cricket at base camp before embarking. In all a wonderful piece of storytelling, recommended for lovers of exploration literature and mountaineers who can stomach the technical errata and want insight into the man. (4 stars out of 5).

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This was a great story, unfortunately let down by bad writing. Firstly, the positive - the story of George Mallory and whether he actually made it to the summit of Everest in 1924 is definitely exciting and emotional. Although the mystery still hasn't been fully solved, despite the discovery of Mallory's body in 1999, Archer makes a convincing case that he was indeed the first man to stand on the top of Everest. In the process, you become very attached to the character and although you know the outcome, it is still incredibly sad and left me thinking about it for hours and hours afterwards.Sadly, I really don't like Archer's writing style. It lacks flow and coherence. It is written more like a series of facts than a novel and I found this both jarring and irritating. Archer's characters are slightly wooden, but again this is through the writing style rather than any lack of research or understanding. I probably wouldn't have picked up an Archer novel without it being a book group book and I won't be in a hurry to pick up another one.

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