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OK bibliophiles, here's my first offering: a first edition of No Picnic on My. Kenya, by Felice Benuzzi. I found this one at the famous Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, VT.
The book is a nonfiction account of Italian prisoners in a WWII camp run by the British. From behind the wire, they can see Mt Kenya in the distance. They quietly assemble some food and improvised equipment and break out of camp to climb the mountain.
Here's another first edition. This one is another nonfiction account. A British journalist is sent on a last minute assignment to cover an attempt to climb Mt Everest in 1953. Hmmm...
Did you know that Ralph Izzard served in British Intelligence during World War II under Ian Fleming? The card game in Casino Royale with James Bond was based on Ralph Izzard playing cards with Nazi agents in a casino in Brazil!!!
From one of his many obituaries online: "His tour of duty took place under the command of Ian Fleming, who based elements of his first novel Casino Royale and its protagonist James Bond on Lieutenant Commander Izzard and a card game in which he found himself playing poker against covert Nazi intelligence agents at a casino in Pernambuco, Brazil."
My mind is blown.
I just wanted to let you know that I ordered a copy of this today! Thanks for the recommendation!
These are some great additions to the conversation, I can't wait to get my hands on some copies and read them!
Just got my copy of this today! I’m excited to start reading it. Thanks for the recommendation!
If you could summarize it for us that would be great...
And here is yet another. This one is about two teens, fresh out of high school in the 1930's, who decide to paddle an 18 foot canoe from their home in Minneapolis to York Factory on Hudson Bay.
See? Look what you've done. They just keep coming. And I'm just getting started. This is one of my favorites of all time: Full Tilt, by Dervla Murphy. At the age of thirty three, after caring for her aging parents in their last years, Murphy gets a bicycle and a pistol and heads off for India in 1963. No fancy equipment, just grit and resourcefulness - and the kindness of strangers. This was her first adventure in what would become a life on-the-move. All her adventures (I've only read three of them) are light on equipment and heavily dependent on her adaptability to circumstances and her ability to get along with locals - often without the benefit of common language.