Far, Far, the Distant Peak: The Life of Wilfrid Noyce - Mountaineer, Scholar, Poet: Hawkins, Stewart
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Far, Far, the Distant Peak: The Life of Wilfrid Noyce - Mountaineer, Scholar, Poet

Author(s): Hawkins, Stewart

Copyright: 2014, UK
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.xvii, 334, 8 color & 34 bw photos, chart, 13 maps, appendices, map eps, black cloth
Condition: signed, dj & cloth new

Hawkins first climbed with Wilfrid Noyce while in school and was a fellow member of the Climbers’ Club for over 50 years. Noyce is best known for his mountaineering exploits during the period before the Second World War and until his death in 1962 in the Pamirs; he made a major contribution to the success of the 1953 Everest expedition. There were, however, many other sides to this quiet, diffident unassuming man. Hawkins tells of his scholarly prowess from an age right through Charterhouse and King’s College, Cambridge to his War service in India and beyond. He led the cryptography team that broke a key Japanese code and significantly improved the ability of the allies to understand the plans of the Japanese and to intercept the movements of their forces.
After the war Noyce became a schoolmaster, first at Malvern College and, after his marriage in 1950, at his old school, Charterhouse. He taught Classics initially and then French and Italian and was appreciated for the quiet manner in which he delivered his lessons. He was a popular master and many are the boys who are grateful to him for introducing them to the mountains and inspiring them with a love of adventure and the outdoors.
Poetry and writing came naturally to him. Articles and poems flowed from his pen from early on and when he was established as a writer, he published a new book almost every year. Most of these concerned the mountains and adventure but the biography-poem Michael Angelo was published in 1953 and Poems in 1960. Hawkins describes Noyce’s life and achievements and seeks to show the motivation and driving force of a man who spanned two very different eras of mountaineering achievement. With a foreward by Stephen Venables.


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