Tori’s first book, ‘Peak Performance’, was published on 7 January 2013.
Tori tells the story of how she became the first Welsh woman in history to climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
Tori is a trailblazer for anybody who wishes to channel ambition and exceed their potential. In this, her first book, she outlines her fascinating journey from the hills of Pembrokeshire to the mountains of Nepal.
She was aptly born in a blizzard, which may explain her fascination with conquering the coldest places on earth. “I love the cold!” said Tori, “I was born in the depths of winter but my sister was born at the height of summer and absolutely loves the heat, so there must be something in it”.
Peak Performance: The First Welsh Woman to Climb Everest (Accent Press), is one of seven new Quick Reads titles for Wales in 2013.
Angharad Tomos, Head of the Children’s Books and Reading Promotion Department at the Welsh Books Council, added: “The Quick Reads / Stori Sydyn campaign is gaining momentum and encouraging thousands of people – many of whom may not have read a book before – to give reading a go. Tori James’ story is truly inspirational and one which will hopefully encourage more people to follow their own dreams and achieve the seemingly impossible”.
Since its launch in 2006, the Quick Reads initiative has distributed over 3 million books through supermarkets, bookshops, libraries, workplaces, prisons, colleges, projects for travellers and the homeless. The books have introduced hundreds of thousands of new people to the pleasures of reading and have encouraged existing readers to read more.
Tori also features in the following titles:
Fastpacking: multi-day running adventures by Lily Dyu.
Fastpacking is quite simply what you get when you combine running, hiking and backpacking. The chapter titled ‘Fisherman’s Friends” shares a two day running adventure completed by Tori & friends in search of a bothy in the Brecon Beacons. www.cicerone.co.uk
Famous Old Breconians
A book exploring some of the notable people who went to school at Christ College Brecon. www.cambriabooks.co.uk
Cant Y Cant
Cant Y Cant is a book for Welsh learners. It has 100 articles, each 100 words long providing information about a wide range of subjects from fashion to food, sport and remarkable Welsh people. Cant y Cant by Alun Charles is priced at £7.99 and published by Gomer Press www.gomer.co.uk 01559 363092.
Collected Poems (Volume 2)
Collected Poems is Anne Marie Barber’s second volume of poetry. Her poems are inspired by personal experiences, visiting new places and meeting new people. Anne Marie met Tori in 2011 & 2012 and explains that “the truth is I felt as if I was there with her when she described the ascent….she is a brilliant speaker”. In the book’s section on ‘adventure’ there are four poems inspired by Tori’s talk; the Khumbu Icefall, Western Cwm, South East Ridge, The Summit. Collected Poems (Volume 2) is a limited edition publication priced at £10, available from www.blorenge-books.co.uk.