‘OF MOUNTAINS AND MEN’ by Mateo Cabello

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Date(s) - 22 Nov 2016 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

‘OF MOUNTAINS AND MEN’ by Mateo Cabello
Tuesday, 22nd November
The Function Room at ‘The Bacon Arms’
Starting at 8.30pm

We have arranged a talk by Mateo Cabello the author ‘Of Mountains and Men’. It should be a really interesting evening so, please make a note in your diary and we hope you can come along and join us.

With a foreword by legendary British mountaineer Stephen Venables, the book is a real-life, detective-like quest to explore why climbing mountains is, for some people, a search for their soul.

The origin of this story is a visit to the memorial in Zermatt (Switzerland) of three Oxford students (William Bell, Ian McKean and James Ogilvie), killed together on the Matterhorn in 1948. Author Mateo Cabello was so moved by the inscription on the bronze plaque that he was inspired to find out more about their lives, hopes and dreams. In doing so, he unearthed the stories of a poet destined for greatness, a young Labour politician committed to make Britain a better place to live, and a decorated war hero. Above all, he unearthed a story about passion and zest for life, which is what this book is really about, with post-war Britain as a background; a story that will resonate not only with climbers and mountaineers but in general with any person passionate about the great outdoors.

Attached is a photo of William (second from right), Ian (centre) and James (second from left) taken in Zermatt the day before the accident. This picture plays a central role in this story. Also attached is the foreword, introduction and first chapter of ‘Of Mountains and Men’ to give you a flavour of what it’s about.


Organiser Magie Russell


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