Dermot Somers

Collected Short Stories

Author: Dermot Somers

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Hardback publication date: 01 Nov 2003

Hardback ISBN: 9781898573500

A collection of 23 short stories by Dermot Somers, on mountaineering, travel, exploration, love and friendship. Somer's stories first appeared in two original collections 'Mountains and Other Ghosts' (1990) and the award-winning 'At the Rising of the Moon' (1994), and are reprinted here in one volume.

No one will die in this story. That is a promise, as if I controlled events, pen slicing and splicing ropes at will.’ Dermot Somers’ short stories have attracted international acclaim. His collection At the Rising of the Moon won the Boardman Tasker prize and was awarded the Banff Mountain Book Festival’s Literature and Culture Prize. Collected Short Stories brings together 23 of Somers' tales. Somers is recognised as one of the finest and most original writers in the mountaineering and travel milieu. He has travelled widely and is an accomplished climber. Though rooted in his native Irish culture, his experiences in the Alps and the Himalaya work their way into his literature, along with themes of legend and myth, the undercurrent of politics and religion and the under pinner of adult life and relationships. Whilst mountains act as a central metaphor for many of his stories, Somers is equally concerned with their effect on the dynamics of human relationships. His narratives draw on the energy from both, the energy that crams a lifetime of sensation into seconds of experience and which makes his stories so compelling.

Born in 1947 in Tremane, Dermot Somers is an Irish mountaineer, explorer, writer and broadcaster. He worked as teacher before leaving education to write and travel full time. He started climbing at the relatively late age of 27, yet became one of the leading Irish rock climbers, establishing significant new routes in areas such as Fairhead and Muckross Head. He became the first Irish man to climb the six great North faces of the Alps, and participated in expeditions to the Himalaya and the Andes. As well as his award winning books, he has also written and presented television and radio programmes on mountaineering and exploration.

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