Killing Dragons | Granta

  • Published: 22/08/2001
  • ISBN: 9781862074538
  • 129x20mm
  • 400 pages

Killing Dragons

Fergus Fleming

Full of eccentric characters, Killing Dragons is the story of the first British mountaineers to tackle the Alpine summits of Switzerland during the late eighteenth century. Originally the explorers of this area were poorly equipped, wearing ordinary shoes and no protective clothing. The British arrived intent on reaching every Alpine summit, and ‘mountaineering’ was born. The title refers to the mythical creatures said to inhabit these peaks: ‘Here be dragons,’ said the old maps …

Fleming shins up the sheer face of Alpine exploration [and] is excellent at the detail, excitement and danger of specific climbs

Literary Review

[A] richly entertaining as well as highly informative read. Highly recommended


[Fleming] has now corne up with another equally stirring tale ... a stylistic equivalent of the modern athlete-climber, leaping from peak to narrative peak ... it is hard to imagine the story of men and mountains being told with more gusto

Sunday Telegraph

The Author

Fergus Fleming is a freelance writer living in London and Gloucestershire. Educated at Oxford University and City University, London, he trained as an accountant and barrister and has worked as a furniture maker. Fergus is also the author of Amaryllis, a portrait of his aunt, and of several children’s books. His non-fiction books Barrow’s Boys and Killing Dragons are published by Granta Books.

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