• "Grippingly told...there is no question Simpson is a brilliant adventure writer. There are passages that had my heart racing"

  • "Eloquent, spine-chilling stuff"

  • "No one conjures the thrill of altitude better than Simpson...A hugely enjoyable book...As far as mountaineering literature goes this is about as good as it gets"

    Sara Wheeler, Spectator
  • "An engrossing read. Nobody evokes the physical and psychological realities of climbing better...a powerfully written vivid as anything Simpson has yet produced"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Heart-stopping stuff...This is not a book for the fainthearted and perhaps should come with a government health warning...a book that will have your fingers clutching imaginary rocks and palms sweating over every page"