A decision made in a jail cell sets off a compelling journey of self discovery. A life of drug addiction and crime, forged from a childhood of neglect and abuse, is left behind and a new world opens up: a world of frozen adventure.
From the depths of suicidal depression to the pristine but challenging isolation of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes, world-renowned ice climber Margo Talbot’s heartbreaking, unflinchingly honest account takes us on her decades-long spiral into out-of-control anger, through the bleakness of her conversation with death, and ultimately the discovery of the mountains and wild places in which she finds healing.
Author's partner (also an author) is from Australia and both of them are well-known in the world climbing industry
Margo and her partner will be in Australia in February promoting the book
‘This inspiring real-life story shows us that our lives’ biggest challenges can also be our greatest opportunities for personal growth, transformation, and enlightenment. Margo is magnificent!’
- Bill Phillips, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Body-for-LIFE
‘This disarmingly frank self-portrait of a life almost off the rails is a road map to dedemption.’
- Greg Child, author of Over the Edge and Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas
‘All That Glitters is a shining example of hope, and the words literally sizzle from the pages to one’s heart. This book will save lives.’
- Elaine Spencer, MSW, RSW, department of social work, Red Deer College
‘The glittering eye of the addict, the glittering gold of the drug runner, the glittering ice of the frozen waterfall – any of these can kill. How did Margo Talbot survive such fatal attractions? It’s one hell of a story.’
- Ben Gadd, author of Raven’s End and Handbook of the Canadian Rockies
‘This is as much or more a story of climbing from the darkness to the light as it is of climbing mountains. Climbing is hard, but this remarkable story proves that the most difficult place to find is not a distant summit, but peace within the savage terrain between our ears.’
- Will Gadd, professional multi-sport athlete and author of Ice & Mixed Climbing