Fragile Edge: A Personal Portrait of Loss on Everest [NOOK Book]

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"Maria Coffey's tale is at once a deeply personal love story and a penetrating look into the world of professional climbers. Such clarity and honesty are seldom seen in mountain writing." - Greg Child, author of Postcards from the Ledge


Critically acclaimed Fragile Edge won the coveted the International Literary Mountain prize for Maria Coffey's eloquently written story of how climbing tragedies affect those who are left behind. This is a powerful story describes how she ...

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Fragile Edge: A Personal Portrait of Loss on Everest

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Overview



"Maria Coffey's tale is at once a deeply personal love story and a penetrating look into the world of professional climbers. Such clarity and honesty are seldom seen in mountain writing." - Greg Child, author of Postcards from the Ledge


Critically acclaimed Fragile Edge won the coveted the International Literary Mountain prize for Maria Coffey's eloquently written story of how climbing tragedies affect those who are left behind. This is a powerful story describes how she survived the loss of her long-time partner, dealing with the sorrow and confusion, anger and healing.


With openness and honesty, Coffey describes her love affair with elite British mountaineer Joe Tasker, who perished with his climbing partner Peter Boardman while attempting Everest's then-unclimbed Northeast Ridge in 1982. She relives her experiences, first within the hard-partying mountaineering scene and then during her long journey to understanding and acceptance of the tragedy that cost her the man she loved. She gives us an insider's view of the life of a world-class mountaineer and recounts her deeply moving pilgrimage with Boardman's widow across Tibet, a journey that retraced Tasker and Boardman's steps to their abandoned Advance Base Camp at 21,000 feet on Everest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594853364
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,246,165
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Maria Coffey's writing career began in 1989 with the publication of Fragile Edge (Chatto & Windus). Since then she has published a further nine books, chronicling her world-wide expeditions and travels with her husband, Dag Goering.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I am a high school sophmore and I chose to read this book for my

    I am a high school sophmore and I chose to read this book for my project. Maria Coffey retells her story with great detail and 
    gives you hope until the end. The story taught me a lot about Mount Everest, it surrounding areas, its cultures and the 
    mountaineering expeditions. She shows us what motivates mountaineers to want to climb to the top of such dangerous peaks   
    Maria steps out of her comfort zone to achieve some closure and acceptance in what happened to her boyfriend Joe Tasker on 
    his attempt to climb Mount Everest. Maria tells of her and her friend Hillary's experience of  retracing the steps of their boyfriend 
    and husband last expedition by climbing to the Advanced Base Camp of Mount Everest. In this story I felt sad for their loss but 
    hopeful through their ways to finding closure.  Their experiences inspired me to set higher goals for the things i would like to 
    achieve myself.  This book helped me in my research project about Mount Everest. I'm glad I read this book and i would 
    recommend it for others to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    rethink your life.....

    I first read this book several years ago, and felt extremely moved by the writing. The horrific events of Sept 11th this year caused me to pick it up again. Coffey managed to make me interested in what motivated people to climb mountains. Her journey to acceptance of what happened to her boyfriend Joe Tasker, and what it taught her about life, is beautifully described. A book to make you reflect on how precious life is, and how it can all change in an instant. Bit like what happened Sept 11th............

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