No Map Could Show Them


Helen Mort’s riveting second collection is inspired by her two greatest passions: mountaineering and running. Here are odes to the young Victorian women who tramped the Swiss Alps peaks in their skirts and petticoats, as well as tributes to the mountains that inspired them, and at the heart of the collection lies a breathtaking sequence ‘Black Rocks’, dedicated to Alison Hargreaves, the British climber who died on K2.

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* A Poetry Book Society Recommendation 2016*

‘When we climb alone
en cordée feminine,
we are magicians of the Alps –
we make the routes we follow

The poems of Helen Mort’s second collection offer an unforgettable perspective on the heights we scale and the distances we run, the routes we follow and the paths we make for ourselves.

Here are odes to the women who dared to break new ground – from Miss Jemima Morrell, a young Victorian woman from Yorkshire who hiked the Swiss Peaks in her skirts and petticoats, to the modern British mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who died descending from the summit of K2.

Distinctive and courageous, these are poems of passion and precipices, of edges and extremes. No Map Could Show Them confirms Helen Mort’s position as one of the finest young poets at work today.

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Weight 105 g
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.5 × 0.7 cm










821.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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