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60 years ago New Zealand's greatest adventurer Edmund Hillary made world history with his ascent of Mt Everest. This intimate and inspiring book tells the full story of Sir Edmund Hillary's extraordinary life, from his expeditions to remote corners of the world to his humanitarian activities serving the Sherpa people. Drawing on Sir Ed's personal archives, it is a portrait of a revered yet modest man who lived life to the full - surviving personal tragedies as well as achieving historic triumphs, earning worldwide fame and displaying tireless philanthropy. Ranging from the roof of the world to the frozen extremes of the South Pole, Sir Edmund Hillary- An Extraordinary Life is a fitting and revealing tribute to a great man.
Alexa Johnston is a writer and independent art curator. After working for nineteen years as a curator at Auckland Art Gallery, in 2002 she was curator of the exhibition Sir Edmund Hillary- Everest and Beyond for Auckland Museum. Her first book, Sir Edmund Hillary- An Extraordinary Life - a definitive biography of the legendary New Zealand mountaineer - was a finalist in the Montana Book Awards. An enthusiastic and accomplished baker from a young age, Alexa has published three cookbooks celebrating New Zealand's culinary history. The first Ladies, a Plate (2008) won a Montana Book Award, the Publishers' Association of New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book and was Recipe Book of the Year in the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Culinary Quill Awards. This was followed by A Second Helping (2009) and What's For Pudding? (2011) and in 2012 a hardback collectors' edition of her baking recipes, Ladies, a Plate- The Collection (2012). For her latest book, Ladies, a Plate- Jams and Preserves, Alexa turns her attention to a once-essential branch of domestic cookery and makes a convincing case for bringing it back to the centre of our kitchen activities. Alexa Johnston makes and tests all the recipes for her cook books - and takes all the photographs - in her home kitchen in Auckland. www.ladiesaplate.co.nz
Winner of Spectrum Print Book Design Awards: Best Cover 2006. Short-listed for Montana New Zealand Book Awards: Biography Category 2006.