My work as an expedition cameraman has taken me to some pretty extreme spots (including the summit of Mount Everest) but I am NEVER without a good book. I was reading at 8300 metres on Everest—camp 6, and in the wilds of Antarctica and in Greenland. Fellow climbers think i’m nuts for carrying books up rather big hills but to me its worth it.
So my top five extreme reads for the moment would be;
I read this in Nepal recently, a novel that takes you into a gritty world of betrayal and war seen through the eyes of teenage protagonists. An awesome read so packed with themes of good and evil that it leaves you breathless. Part one of a trilogy based on an alien world that will go down in literary legends as a classic.
Blade is a kid on the run. He skulks in the shadows, living in vacant houses and escaping from a murky past. But he can’t stop looking over his shoulder and there’s some good reasons for that. This is fast, fast fiction which is impossible to put down. It’s edgy, contemporary and dark. So edgy it is not advisable to read it with the lights off! Great use of language and a unique take on urban nightmares.
I have to declare a connection here—the author of Della is repped by the same agent as me. But even so it still makes it onto my extreme reads list. It’s a romantic book but it has some great themes packed into it. Della has an enemy but she doesn’t know who. Her most intimate secrets are about to be known by the entire world. So its part detective story, part love story, and a thrilling journey to the dark potential of the internet. A terrific read.
No contemporary writers create mythical future worlds quite as brilliantly as Philip Reeve and Fever Crumb is a great example of his work. I was completely immersed in this story, with it’s vivid, almost Dickensian descriptions of a ramshackle city split by conflict and violence. The science is compelling and mind expanding. The characters are so real you quickly feel they are lifelong friends (or enemies!)
Now made into a big hollywood epic, this is a timeless story which moved me greatly when I read it in South America. There’s something elemental about our relationships with horses that seems to produce great fiction—and this story of a horse exposed to the carnage and injustice of war is one of the greats. A tear jerking journey of rare power and intensity, this is one of Morpurgo’s finest books. Looking forward to seeing the film.
Matt is an adventure film maker and only the fifth British climber in history to have scaled the treacherous North Face of Everest (his account of his ascent, The Death Zone, was a bestselling book). His first YA book Mortal Chaos is due out 02nd Feb.
‘The Butterfly Effect ‘: the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.
When a butterfly startles a young rabbit, and the rabbit makes a horse rear, it starts a chain of events, over the course of one day, that will change people’s lives …and end people’s lives.
From a climber on Everest to a boy in Malawi …from a commercial pilot to an American psycho …the chaos knows no bounds.
This heart-stopping adventure by writer, film maker and climber Matt Dickinson will leave readers breathless. It’s the book Jack Bauer would have read as a teenager!