Reviews

  • "I just love this book. Everything about it is nearly perfect... hugely enjoyable and brilliantly sustained."

    From the introduction by Bill Bryson
  • "An amazing book about mountain climbing from 1956. Laugh-out-loud literature"

    Tim Key, Guardian
  • "This wonderfully funny parody of adventure stories was first written in the 1950s but is just as fresh today with a truly brilliant comic narrator whose commentary on the expedition members is unintentionally hilarious. Buy it"

    Sunday Mirror
  • "Wonderful. Rum Doodle does for mountaineering what Three Men in a Boat did for Thames-going or Catch-22 did for the Second World War. It is simply an account of the leader of an expedition up Rum Doodle, a 40,000 and a half foot peak in the Himalayas, in the same way that Scoop is simply a tale about newsgathering in Africa. The tone is nearer to Pooter than anyone else I can think of, but the flavour is all W.E. Bowman's own"

    Sunday Times
  • "This gentle, deadly parody of the tight-arsed old school of British exploration narratives is seemingly a cult book among mountaineers, but it has been virtually unknown to the reading public since its first publication in 1956"

    Guardian