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The Beckoning Silence

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“I had to stand there and watch while the rest of my life was determined by the shaky adhesion of a few millimetres of fractured ice and the dubious friction of a tiny point of metal in a hairline crack in a rock wall…”

Marking the climax of his climbing career, Joe Simpson confronts his fears and mountaineering history in an assault on the North Face of the Eiger. Since his epic battle for survival in the Andes, recounted in Touching the Void, Joe Simpson has experienced a life filled with adventure but marred by death. He has endured the painful attrition of climbing friends in accidents which call into question the perilously exhilarating activity to which he has devoted his whole life. Probability is inexorably closing in. The tragic loss of a close friend forces a momentous decision. It is time to turn his back on the mountains that he has loved. Never more alive than when most at risk, he has come to see a last climb on the mile-high North Face of the Eiger as the cathartic finale to his climbing career.

In a narrative that takes the reader through extreme experiences from an avalanche in Bolivia, ice-climbing in the Alps and Colorado and paragliding in Spain -- before his final confrontation with the Eiger -- Simpson reveals the inner truth of climbing, exploring the power of the mind and the frailties of the body through intensely lived accounts of exhilaration and despair. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.

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“Simpson writes better on the darker side of mountaineering than any man alive.” -- The Times

“Grippingly told…there is no question Simpson is a brilliant adventure writer. There are passages that had my heart racing…his descriptions of the inner uncertainties that dog the climber are among the most convincing I have ever read.” -- Observer

“The thrilling way in which Simpson recounts the storm that hits them and the difficult aftermath is as racy as any adventure novel.” -- Sunday Express

Praise for Touching the Void:
“Not just a book about mountaineering... It is about the spirit of man and the life force that drives us all.” -- Magnus Magnusson, presenting the NCR Award

“On every level... an outstanding literary achievement.” -- Jim Perrin, Independent

“Simpson writes better on the darker side of mountaineering than any man alive.” -- The Times

About the Author:

Joe Simpson won the Boardman Tasker Award and the NCR Award for his bestseller Touching the Void, which has been published all over the world. His later books, all bestsellers, include This Game of Ghosts, Dark Shadows Falling, Storms of Silence and a novel, The Water People.

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