Touching the Void

Author(s): Joe Simpson

Biography / Memoir

"A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude."
-- "The Times" (London)

Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall but, crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten, was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson hopped, hobbled, and crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching the base hours before Yates had planned to break camp.

How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival; a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.

"Told with lyrical quality and stunning immediacy, "Touching the Void" transcends its genre and becomes accessible to readers who have never had any desire to climb a glacier."
-- "New York Newsday"

"A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others."
-- "Los Angeles Times"

"Riveting, even compulsive reading."
-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"


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The best-selling, nail-biting, heart-breaking non-fiction classic of adventure.

"A brilliant, vivid, gripping, heart-stopping account of their terrifying adventure... Superbly written" * Sunday Express * "One of the absolute classics of mountaineering...a document of psychological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion'" -- George Steiner * Sunday Times * "On every level it is an outstanding literary achievement" * Independent * "A quite extraordinary and moving book...Touching the Void touches the Great Questions in an understated yet utterly compelling way" * Guardian * "A truly astonishing account of suffering and fortitude...the narrative acquires an irresistible force, carrying all before it" * Sunday Times *

Joe Simpson is the author of several best-selling books, of which the first,Touching the Void, won both the NCR award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts - the sequel to Touching theVoid -, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and a novel, The Water People.

General Fields

  • : 9780099511748
  • : Random House
  • : Random House
  • : January 2008
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joe Simpson
  • : Paperback
  • : 311
  • : en
  • : 796.522092
  • : 224