Joe Simpson has become a legend, not only among mountaineers, but to thousands who would shun his dangerous lifestyle but have been inspired by his honesty and courage. His books are in print in no fewer than 14 languages, and have won prizes in many of them. He is in great demand for personal appearances everywhere.
Joe Simpson is the author of several bestselling 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 the Void - Storms of Silence, The Beckoning Silence and two novels- The Water People and The Sound of Gravity.
Simpson writes better on the darker side of mountaineering than any
man alive -- Paul Johnson * The Times *
His concern is that the strong ethics and selfless instincts that have characterised mountaineering in the past are being eroded by modern-day ambition, selfishness and greed -- Audrey Salkeld * Sunday Times *
Simpson is an elegant stylist and as usual his prose is laced with humour * Daily Telegraph *
An astonishing first chapter describes thoughts and feeling of a mountaineer slowly dying on Everest, while other climbers relax in a tent a few feet away. They know he is dying but ignore his feeble wave. Simpson is horrified that such selfishness should gradually invade the mountaineering fantasy -- Brian Masters * Mail on Sunday *