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Peter Hutchinson: Bio
As a young child I was at school in the Himalayas, before returning to England during the Second World War. From an early age I was fascinated by mountains and spent as much time as possible among them during school, army, and then university years. This passion for climbing led to a career designing and making specialist outdoor equipment for some of the world’s greatest explorers and mountaineers including Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Chris Bonington. I started from scratch as a one-man business in the early 1960’s and I am still actively working in the same field at 77, designing clothing and sleeping bags for extreme high altitude and polar ventures.
The Kivattar Bridge began as a tale for my children back in 1976. Before long it took on a life of its own and I knew I couldn’t stop until the whole story was finished. It has taken countless hours of writing and revision over 38 years, and now at last, unbelievably, it is done. All four books, written and published.
It is a long story. Adventure, travel , discovery, all the usual ingredients, but quirky enough to fall outside the mainstream. I only hope that there are some readers who have gained as much enjoyment from it as I did from the writing.
I am a slow writer and looking back I find it hard to see where I found the time. But despite the late nights and a staggering ‘café cost’ along the way it has always been a stimulating counterpoint to a busy working life. Both hard grind and pleasure, a mix familiar to most writers I guess. On balance an experience of real worth to me, made possible by the love and tolerance of my constant companion throughout the long journey, my wife.
I should also mention that the covers of my books are being created for me by my son Peter: fitting perhaps, seeing that the story was started all those years ago for him and my daughter Ruth. There are many other people I should thank, so many that I won’t attempt to name any of them. Once begun, the list would never end. I am indebted to them all.
Peter Hutchinson December 2014