Joe Simpson - Author

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Joe Simpson is the author of several best-selling books, of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR Award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and a novel The Water People. Since its first publication in 1988, Touching the Void has become a classic and an international bestseller, translated into fourteen languages and made into an award-winning feature-length documentary film (winner of the Outstanding British Film of the Year BAFTA 2004). Joe currently lives in Sheffield.

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Cazand in gol

Cazand in gol

Author: Joe Simpson Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

În 1985, Joe Simpson si prietenul sau Simon Yates reusesc sa escaladeze pentru prima data masivul Siula Grande pe fata lui vestica. De pe vârf, la 6.344 de metri altitudine, cei doi admira privelistea Anzilor peruvieni care se întind cât vezi cu ochii. Entuziasmul lor se va risipi însa curând, pentru ca la coborâre lucrurile iau o întorsatura dramatica: Joe aluneca pe un perete de gheata si, în cadere, îsi rupe piciorul. Simon încearca sa-l coboare cu ajutorul a doua corzi legate una de alta. Se lasa întunericul, izbucneste furtuna, iar la un moment dat Joe ramâne suspendat în gol. Neputând sa comunice cu el si constient ca risca sa-si piarda amândoi viata, Simon decide în cele din urma sa taie coarda. Joe cade într-o crevasa, iar Simon se întoarce în tabara, obsedat de gândul ca prietenul lui a murit. Urmatoarele trei zile vor fi un cosmar si pentru unul, si pentru celalalt… Documentarul bazat pe aceasta carte a fost distins cu premiul BAFTA pentru cel mai bun film britanic al anului 2004 si a fost inclus pe lista PBS a celor mai bune 100 de documentare din toate timpurile.

Beckoning Silence

Beckoning Silence

Author: Joe Simpson Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2013

Joe Simpson has experienced a life filled with adventure but marred by death. He has endured the painful attrition of climbing friends in accidents, calling into question the perilously exhilarating activity to which he has devoted his life. Probability is inexorably closing in. The tragic loss of a close friend forces a momentous decision upon him. 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 hooded, mile-high North Face of the Eiger as the cathartic finale. In a narrative which 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 both the power of the mind and the frailties of the body. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.

This Game of Ghosts

This Game of Ghosts

Author: Joe Simpson Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2013

When Simon Yates cut the rope and sent his friend plummeting to an ordeal few mountaineers can have contemplated, the outcome was totally unpredictable. That Joe Simpson survived is a revelation of the power of the human spirit to overcome fear, pain and deprivation of almost unimaginable intensity. He did not expect to live it all over again - more than once. The first test was to write his award-winning account of the ordeal in Touching the Void. That meant dragging the terrifying experience out of the deeper shadows of his memory. Next another fall in the Himalayas crippled and almost broke him. He felt forced to test his nerve again and struggled on crutches to 20,000 feet on Pumori, near Everest. On his descent he heart that a young first-time climber had been killed by a chance rockfall. What sense could he make now of this game of ghosts that had claimed the lives of so many of his friends. In an attempt to find catharsis for his confused emotions he wrote this extraordinary memoir, in which he recalls the signposts directing him since childhood to measure fear and embrace the unknown.

Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Author: Joe Simpson Format: eBook Release Date: 12/12/2012

The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer's harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself.

The Sound of Gravity

The Sound of Gravity

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2012

As her hand slips from his grip, Patrick's life is shattered, forever changed... Trapped high on a high mountain face during the worst storm in living memory, a young man is forced to fight the brutal winter for his life - moments after his beloved wife is swept away forever across the ice. Haunted by grief and guilt, Patrick keeps vigil on the mountain for 25 years, in the hope that one day it will release his devastating secret.

Touching The Void

Touching The Void

Author: Joe Simpson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2012

Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2009

Touching the Void is a heart-stopping, true account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote peak, Siula Grande. A few days later, Simon staggered into base camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that Joe was dead. What really happened to Joe makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

Touching The Void

Touching The Void

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

Touching the Void Pack Touching the Void - Book and Audio CD Pack - Intermediate Intermediate Level

Touching the Void Pack Touching the Void - Book and Audio CD Pack - Intermediate Intermediate Level

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Board book Release Date: 09/01/2008

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Touching the Void - Intermediate

Touching the Void - Intermediate

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2008

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Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. Based on the internationally acclaimed book by Joe Simpson,Touching the Void is the compelling true story of a mountaineering expedition which goes dreadfully wrong.

Touching the Void audio pack

Touching the Void audio pack

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/01/2007

Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for motivating, contemporary graded material that will instantly appeal to students. Based on the internationally acclaimed book by Joe Simpson,Touching the Void is the compelling true story of a mountaineering expedition which goes dreadfully wrong.

The Beckoning Silence

The Beckoning Silence

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2003

Joe Simpson has experienced a life filled with adventure but marred by death. He has endured the painful attrition of climbing friends in accidents, calling into question the perilously exhilarating activity to which he has devoted his life. Probability is inexorably closing in. The tragic loss of a close friend forces a momentous decision upon him. 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 hooded, mile-high North Face of the Eiger as the cathartic finale. In a narrative which 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 both the power of the mind and the frailties of the body. The subject of his new book is the siren song of fear and his struggle to come to terms with it.

Dark Shadows Falling

Dark Shadows Falling

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/1998

In 1992, an Indian climber was left to die on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from their tent. He was filmed in his last hours for a television feature. Why did onlookers not hold the dying man's hand and comfort him? The answer appals Joe Simpson, who was himself left for dead in a cervasse in Peru in 1985 - 'because it might compromise their summit bid'. It is an ethical question that Joe is forced to confront as he climbs a hazardous route on Pumori. Now that Everest has become the playground of the rich, where commercial operators offer guided tours to the top, camping admist the detritus and unburied corpses of previous less fortunate climbers, Joe wonders if the noble instincts that once characterised mountaineering have been irrevocably displaced - as in politics, in business, in the media and in other facets of society.

Storms Of Silence

Storms Of Silence

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/1997

In Storms of Silence Joe Simpson recalls the severe snowstorm which put an end to an attempt with four others on Gangchempo and the infection which forced him to abandon the climb on Cho Oyu in tibet. During that expedition he has a disturbing encounter with a party of political refugees and a 4-year-old boy fleeing across the Tibetan border. He becomes obsessed with stories of Chinese brutality in the old world Tibet they overran by force 40 years ago. He also begins to question the ethic of playing rich men's games in Third World countries, contributing little to the local people who endure a fearful struggle to survive. Oppression abroad makes him see mindless violence in his home town of Sheffield in a new light. The books ends with his first trip to the Andes in Peru since Touching the Void.

This Game Of Ghosts

This Game Of Ghosts

Author: Joe Simpson Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/1994

When Simon Yates cut the rope and sent his friend plummeting to an ordeal few mountaineers can have contemplated, the outcome was totally unpredictable. That Joe Simpson survived is a revelation of the power of the human spirit to overcome fear, pain and deprivation of almost unimaginable intensity. He did not expect to live it all over again - more than once. The first test was to write his award-winning account of the ordeal in Touching the Void. That meant dragging the terrifying experience out of the deeper shadows of his memory. Then, another fall in the Himalayas crippled and almost broke him. Yet he felt forced to test his nerve again and struggled on crutches to 20,000 feet on Pumori, near Everest. On his descent he heard that a young first-time climber had been killed by a chance rockfall. What sense could he make now of this game of ghosts that had claimed the lives of so many of his friends. This extraordinary memoir is Joe Simpson's attempt to find catharsis and some explanation for the urge he felt since childhood to measure fear and embrace the unknown.

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