Why the fuss about Jeffrey Archer’s latest novel which tells the story of George Mallory as if he made the first ascent of Mount Everest?
It’s not, as the headline says, an insult to Sir Ed Hillary. It’s a novel, a work of fiction, not a biography which means although it’s based on real life there is no need to worry about letting the facts get in the way of the story.
Even if it was purporting to tell a true story there’s no insult to Hillary. Successful climbs are like successful flights – getting up is only half way, you haven’t succeeded until you get back down again and Mallory died on the mountain.