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Andy Cave and Ed Douglas

Mountaineers Ed Douglas and Andy Cave join Harriett Gilbert to recommend favourite books. Ed and Andy's choices both feature mountains, and Harriett chooses a thriller.

Patricia Highsmith's classic thriller' The Talented Mr Ripley' would make a great expedition read, according to Harriett Gilbert's guests this week, multi-award-winning writers - mountaineers both - Ed Douglas and Andy Cave. Not unexpectedly their choices both feature mountains, but from markedly different perspectives.

Ed's good read is Nan Shepherd's 'The Living Mountain', an undiscovered lyrical masterpiece of mountain literature from a writer who made her name as a modernist novelist.

Andy chooses a hair-raising account of the life and career of one of France's most colourful and energetic climbers, Lionel Terray, in 'Conquistadors of the Useless'.

Harriett GIlbert admits she's not a natural mountaineer but she loves a (fictional) murderous psychopath, namely, Tom Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's famous anti-hero.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery.

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30 minutes

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Fri 12 Oct 2012 23:00


  • Andy Cave's Choice

    'Conquistadores of the Useless' By Lionel Terray. Published by HarperCollins

    Duration: 08:34

  • Ed Douglas's Choice

    'The Living Mountain' by Nan Shepherd. Published by Canon Gate

    Duration: 09:29

  • Harriett Gilbert's Choice

    'The Talented Mr Ripley' by Patricia Highsmith. Published by Vintage

    Duration: 07:15


  • Tue 9 Oct 2012 16:30
  • Fri 12 Oct 2012 23:00



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