It has been a long week already, and as I write this it’s only Tuesday.
But mark the date, June 19th, because on this date my sister, Tanis Rideout had the official launch of her book Above All Things.
Released through McClelland books here in Canada (check your local Amazon or book store) it looks to be a bril read and a lot of friends, industry professionals and family, including our parents, her awesome husband Simon Racioppa, and his family came out to show their support for what is being hailed as a strong new Canadian voice.
I got to chat with some wonderful people and see some familiar faces.
I had a quick chat with songstress Jill Barber as well as former guest and all around good guy Michael MacLennan of Bomb Girls fame.
They had nothing but great things to say about my sister and she and Jill had an interesting collaboration for Above All Things, listen to our podcast this weekend for more on that!
The Dora Keogh played host, and Jill brought her guitar! It was a fun affair in spite of the stifling humidity that seems to be hanging over the city.
Of you’re looking for something to read, and want to try out a new author, then I suggest you check out my sister’s book, available now!!
Here’s the book’s description…
“The Paris Wife meets Into Thin Air in this breathtaking debut novel of obsession and divided loyalties, which brilliantly weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory’s ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest, with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.
A captivating blend of historical fact and imaginative fiction, Above All Things moves seamlessly back and forth between the epic story of Mallory’s legendary final expedition and a heartbreaking account of a day in the life of Ruth Mallory. Through George’s perspective, and that of the newest member of the climbing team, Sandy Irvine, we get an astonishing picture of the terrible risks taken by the men on the treacherous terrain of the Himalaya. But it is through Ruth’s eyes that a complex portrait of a marriage emerges, one forged on the eve of the First World War, shadowed by its losses, and haunted by the ever-present possibility that George might not come home.
Drawing on years of research, this powerful and beautifully written novel is a timeless story of desire, redemption, and the lengths we are willing to go for honour, glory, and love.”