• "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