Mountain rescuers will keep their kit on for launch of crime thriller

No naked mountain rescuers will be present when a new crime novel is launched in Ambleside.

Unlike colleagues in a neighbouring team, who stripped off for a charity calendar, the members of Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team will be fully dressed – and ready for action – at the book launch at their home base.

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But they do feature in the fictional tale of a half-naked body discovered below England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike …and one of the rescue team happens to be a former investigative journalist, who’s determined to find out what happened to “the body in the bog”.

That’s the plot of the new crime novel set in the Lake District, In the Cold of the Night, by Andrew Bibby who is donating a percentage of all his sales fees to the Langdale and Ambleside MRT. Journalist and fell-runner turned novelist, Bibby spent some time with mountain rescue teams learning about how they work before writing his latest thriller.

It follows his earlier tale of murder in the mountains, The Bad Step, which is set on the Crinkle Crags ridge high above the valley of Great Langdale.

Bibby will be at the rescue HQ in Ambleside on Thursday November 10 at 11am to talk  about how he researched the story, and to announce a surprise treasure hunt for clues with a prize for the winner.

Bibby is a professional writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent and other national papers. He is the author of several non-fiction books about northern England landscapes, including the walking guide The Backbone of England. He’s a fell-runner and has completed many of the classic Lakeland fell races, and the Joss Naylor challenge.

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Andrew Bibby

In the Cold of the Night and The Bad Step are published by Gritstone Publishing, and are now on sale in bookshops throughout the Lakes and beyond. Andrew Bibby will be signing copies of them at the launch, where refreshments will be served, and mountain rescuers will show visitors around their base. Everyone is welcome.

The event is at the LAMRT base, Thursday November 10 at 11am

1 Old Lake Rd, Ambleside LA22 0DN

PLEASE USE THE PAY AND DISPLAY CAR PARK NEXT DOOR. THE PARKING SPACES OUTSIDE THE BASE ARE NEEDED FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES

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