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Mateo will tell the story behind his book Of Mountains and Men. His epic quest started by chance in a small graveyard not far from the Matterhorn, in the Swiss town of Zermatt. Three young British students – William Bell, Ian McKean, and James Ogilvie, “friends from Oxford killed together while climbing the Matterhorn in 1948” – are buried there. Following a hunch, Mateo decided to find out more about them and he will recount the extraordinary journey that takes you from the heart of the Alps to Oxford and the Scottish Highlands, also taking in the sandy beaches of Mauritius and the snow-capped peaks of Bolivia and Kenya. He explores the shared passion that brought them to the mountains. The book has an introduction by Stephen Venables and is published by the Oxford Alpine Club.