• "Wonderful.<b> <i>Rum Doodle</i> does for mountaineering what <i>Three Men in a Boat</i> did for Thames-going or <i>Catch-22</i> did for the Second World War</b>. 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