A Taste of the Hills - Miles SmeetonLondon: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, somewhat creased at the head of the lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps (5); Frontispiece;
From the cover: “In Once is Enough Miles Smeeton told how his yacht Tzu Hang was twice turned over and smashed up in her attempts to sail round Cape Horn; and the Sunday Times remarked that the Smeetons certainly make fascinating company for a reader with his eyes on the heights of human endeavour. Now he recounts his earlier terrestrial adventures. He writes of India before the war and gives the reader not only a taste of the hills but also of the smell and the heat of the plains.
The Army provided exciting opportunities for sport (and the excitement is most vividly conveyed); moreover pig sticking and big-game hunting were, he found, better training for jungle-warfare than most of the official exercises. With Beryl, the equally adventurous but much more unconventional girl who eventually halted her wanderings long enough to become his wife, he went home overland through Iraq, Palestine, Turkey and the Balkans, travelling third-class and taking time off to climb mountains on the route. With her, he practised more serious climbing in the Alps where, indestructible as usual, they survived two nasty falls, and, as a climax to the story, made a light-hearted attempt on Tirich Mir (25,460 feet) in the Himalayas with Tenzing.
Whether he is watching the explosive effects of a sow chased in through a kitchen door by his fox-hounds, or more tranquilly observing an extraordinary Indian method of stalking wild ducks, his eye is shrewd, and his enjoyment keen and extrovert.”