Book Review May 2018
Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award.
This is one of the most inspiring books I have read regarding the instinct to survive against all the odds…………………..
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 summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. But what really happened up on the mountain makes a gripping read – A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.
This is a story of friendship pushed to the limit – 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.
You will find you cannot put this book down and even if you are not a mountaineer you will enjoy this true life epic.