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

    Bill Bryson
  • Exceedingly funny... as if the hero of Diary of a Nobody had, in a mood of abandon, turned to mountaineering.

    Dublin Magazine
  • it is an epic. It is Homeric. It is inspiring. It is very, very funny... Read it and be moved.

    Books of the Month
  • Amazing

    Tim Key, Guardian

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