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The Beckoning Silence

Since his epic battle for survival in the Andes—recounted in the best-seller Touching the Void—renowned mountaineer Joe Simpson has had several brushes with mortality; he has lost many friends and heroes to the mountains. Now he questions the pursuit to which he has devoted his entire life.



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Since his epic battle for survival in the Andes—recounted in the best-seller Touching the Void—renowned mountaineer Joe Simpson has had several brushes with mortality; he has lost many friends and heroes to the mountains. Now he questions the pursuit to which he has devoted his entire life.

In a series of adventures that takes the reader from Bolivia to the Alps, from Colorado to Spain, Simpson explores the enchantment of rock and ice and the forces that drive him to climb in the face of extreme risk. An attempt on the hooded, mile-high north face of the Eiger is meant to cap his career—but this final adventure would itself be touched by tragedy. The Beckoning Silence is about the siren song of fear and Simpson's struggle to come to terms with it.

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Author Joe Simpson
About the Author

Joe Simpson won the Boardman Tasker Award for Touching the Void. His other books include This Game of Ghosts, Dark Shadows Falling, and Storms of Silence.

"If you keep putting your head in a lion's mouth, one day he's going to shut it." —Joe Simpson

Endorsements

"Mr. Simpson is a born storyteller...The Beckoning Silence will have any reader, even the most experience climber, on the edge of his seat." —The Economist, London

"Simpson has established himself as the leading mountaineering writer of his time, and The Beckoning Silence is a bold reassertion of that status...there is simply no more evocative, emotionally literate author writing on this subject today." —Amazon.co.uk

Publisher Mountaineers Books
Format Paperback
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches, 315 pages
ISBN-13 9780898869415

Endorsements

"Mr. Simpson is a born storyteller...The Beckoning Silence will have any reader, even the most experience climber, on the edge of his seat." —The Economist, London

"Simpson has established himself as the leading mountaineering writer of his time, and The Beckoning Silence is a bold reassertion of that status...there is simply no more evocative, emotionally literate author writing on this subject today." —Amazon.co.uk

About the Author

Joe Simpson won the Boardman Tasker Award for Touching the Void. His other books include This Game of Ghosts, Dark Shadows Falling, and Storms of Silence.

"If you keep putting your head in a lion's mouth, one day he's going to shut it." —Joe Simpson

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