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Jan Morris’s last book is a vade mecum to treasure

18 December 2021

9:00 AM

18 December 2021

9:00 AM

Allegorizings Jan Morris

Faber, pp.224, 14.99

Jan Morris, in all her incarnations, was always able to evoke a place and a moment like no other. As James Morris, the only journalist to cover the first successful ascent of Everest in 1953, he described Edmund Hillary returning from the summit as

huge and cheerful, his movement not so much graceful as unshakably assured, his energy almost demonic… It was a moment so thrilling, so vibrant, that hot tears sprang to the eyes of most of us.

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