The first successful ascent of an 8,000m peak in 1950 ended in disaster. The story of the descent almost beggars belief. The agony of the trek back to civilisation with severe frostbite is almost as astonishing. And all the while, the beauty of the mountains is vividly described. Joe Simpson called it "The greatest mountaineering book ever written" - and he should know.
Nic Bottomley (Fri 15th Jul 2011)