The book has been reviewed many times over the years. Here are some extracts:

Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle chose Rum Doodle as one of his selections when he was on "With Great Pleasure" on BBC Radio 4, on July 13th 2010 

Good Reads

The website gives the book a 3.83 rating, and says "The book's central and unforgettable character, Binder, is one of the finest creations in comic literature"

The Guardian, 2009

Selected by their review team and a panel of expert judges, The Ascent of Rum Doodle was included in The Guardian's "1000 novels everyone must read".

The Ascent of Rum Doodle has received multiple 5-star ratings in reviews on

  • Truly uplifting and funny
  • Treat yourself to a laugh. You won't be disappointed.
  • This book is an absolute joy! Now that I've finished it, I feel at a loss. I might just have to read it again...
  • A hidden gem!
  • A perfect book for all occasions. The audio version is also superb, very well read in a perfectly understated way.
  • An absolute hoot from beginning to end
  • You really owe it to yourself to join our intrepid heros and share their triumphs, disasters and general roaring incompetence. You won't regret it.


Geographical Magazine, December 2001

A veritable feast... incredibly enjoyable... a marvellous romp.

Publishers Weekly, February 1st 2002

[Bowman] proves himself to be an entertaining humorist who has much to offer for readers who like their outdoor humor dripping with understated British irony.

The characters are silly, the scrapes ridiculous and you’re sure to enjoy this story. Not to be used for route finding.

The Inverness Courier, March 15th 2002

Since 1956, it's amazing that any other mountaineering epic has been taken seriously.

Other Rum Doodles

Since its first publication, the words Rum Doodle have been taken by fans of the book for a variety of purposes: the Rumdoodle sleeping bag, Rumdoodle climbing company, Rumdoodle the rock band!

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