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

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 frost-bitten, 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.

Reviews

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

A brilliant, vivd, gripping, heart-stopping account of their terrifying adventure... Superbly written

Sunday Express

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099511748

    December 1, 2008

    Vintage Classics

    224 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099771012

    March 6, 1998

    Vintage

    224 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Hardback

    9780224025454

    September 1, 1988

    Jonathan Cape

    176 pages

    RRP $37.99

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    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Joe Simpson

The Sound of Gravity
The Beckoning Silence
Dark Shadows Falling
Storms Of Silence
This Game Of Ghosts

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