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Books of the Week 24th February 2024


Step by Step: The Biography of Pemba Gel

by Mark Powell

About the Book

Step by Step is the compelling and insightful biography of Pemba Gelje Sherpa, one of his generation’s most accomplished Nepalese mountaineers. Having climbed twenty-one peaks over 8,000 metres, including eight ascents of Everest, Pemba reveals his remarkable journey from a humble village boy to a world-renowned guide and environmentalist. Through candid conversations along the trek to Everest Base Camp, the biographer captures the essence of Pemba’s character, values, and vision. Pemba belongs to the new breed of Sherpas who are passionate about preserving the Himalayas, empowering their communities, and carving their own path in life.

About the Author

Mark Powell was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, in 1963 and now lives in Singapore. He's an award-wining novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Known as an explosive storyteller, Mark delivers brutally realistic fiction with strong, clever and fearless characters. He credits his adventurous and fun childhood for his creative talents. He writes in several genres including thriller, action and adventure, romantic comedy and mystery, for adults and young adults.

His published works include: Quantum Breach (Marshall Cavendish, 2009), Deep Six (Marshall Cavendish, 2010), The Somali Sanction (Amazon, 2012), The Adventures of Danny Dare (Amazon, 2013), 16 Swipes: No Breakfast (Marshall Cavendish, 2019), 16 Swipes, The Other Perspective (Penguin Random House SEA, 2021), Bad Juice (Amazon, 2022) and now his latest novel, Duxton Hill. In the works are: The Silver Spoon Club and Escape.


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