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Showing all books by: Joe Simpson

Touching the Void
Joe and his pal go climbing in S. America. Joe falls, pal agonises, but cuts rope - Joe falls some more, breaks heaps of bones - and crawls out alive!
Great stuff, second (or third?) time around even. Gripping story, simply told, unbelievable survival story. Read this again purely because of going to see the film, which was smashing. Can't remember if this made me cry, but it probably did. This book was a pressie from Ian Ludd I think, from when we visited him once in Germany, and he just said to me to keep it. So I did.
Score: 8
Published: 1988
Read: March 14th 2004

The Beckoning Silence
Stories of Joe's exploits climbing mountains (and a little bit of paragliding), culminating with his attempt on the Eiger.
Pretty good in the end, although starts off a bit disjointed and morbid with plenty of little anecdotes, from all over, mostly about people dying. Bit of angst about why he climbs and should he give it up. But the Eiger bit was excellent with some good history too.
Score: 7
Published: 2002
Read: June 15th 2007