Touching the Void by Joe Simpson (published by Pan but currently out of print) is the story of Simpson's attempt with another climber, Simon Yates, on the unclimbed west face of the Andean peak Siula Grande. "An amazing book," says John Tuer, deputy head at Bridgnorth endowed school, Shropshire "I used it for two assemblies. The first took the story up to the point where the seriously injured Joe hung from a rope held by Simon, his weight gradually pulling Simon from his postion. If Simon held on, both would fall to their deaths. Should he let go of Joe? In my second assembly, I disclosed what had happened. In between assemblies, I had pupils coming to me suggesting outcomes and wanting to borrow the book. It left as great an impression on them as it did on me, and still does."
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