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The House says:
If you read two books about mountaineering Touching The Void should be the other one. Another superb tale of survival and insanity, this time about a pair of British mountaineers, full of the invincibility of young men, in the Andes. What follows is a series of trials of the mind, soul and body the likes of which, hopefully, none of us will have to experience.
By the end you will find yourself having to make a call on which is side you come down on when and if you find yourself pinned to the side of a storm-thrashed Andean mountain. Good luck.
The book behind the BAFTA award-winning film. Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award. Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson’s terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes.
He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, with news that that Joe was dead. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224
- Publisher:Vintage Publishing
- ISBN: 9780099771012
- Published: 1 Jan 1998